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Pride of the Bowery (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 December 1940 (USA)
New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.


Joseph H. Lewis


Steven Clensos (story), William Lively (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs Maloney
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Kenneth Howell ... Alan
Mary Ainslee ... Elaine
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Willie
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Skinny
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Kenneth Harlan ... Police Captain Jim White
Nick Stuart ... Forest Ranger
Lloyd Ingraham ... Camp Doctor


Danny, managing boxer Muggs, books him into a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for training. Muggs' arrogant manner soon alienates him from the other boys who downright ostracize him with a camp-wide silent treatment after Muggs' public display of bad sportsmanship in a camp boxing match. One of the few boys still willing to talk to him is Willie, a cowardly and manipulative sort, who privately admits he stole $100 from the Captain's safe to send to his aunt and begs Muggs for help. In Muggs world you aid a friend in trouble, so he enters a city boxing tournament to earn replacement money for Willie. Willie, however, allows Muggs to get caught trying to replace the money. Muggs stoically takes the rap for stealing, but Danny, a true and observant friend, knows something's up and clears Muggs by capturing and beating a confession out of Willie. The Captain leaves Muggs with the lesson that ratting out a friend is sometimes the right thing to do. Written by Anonymous

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HE WAS A Tough Little Softie who swings straight from the heart (original print ad)


Comedy | Drama


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Muggs Maloney: This is really a nice spot! A beautiful layout, I calls it. Where's the gymnasium, boys?
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Early work by Joseph H. Lewis
2 February 2003 | by ThalbergSee all my reviews

Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to become one of the leading directors of B movies in the 40s and 50s, here directed Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan and the East Side Kids as they head for the country as members of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps. The story is a pot-boiler about bad-boy Gorcey's reformation, which takes place more in the boxing ring than in the work camp. The boxing scenes are pretty weak, but the rapid editing and a long tracking shot suggest Lewis's later stylishness. Not that much of a movie, but a reasonably diverting way to spend 61 minutes.

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Release Date:

15 December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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