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Mr. Wise Guy (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 February 1942 (USA)
Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School after they are unjustly convicted of stealing a truck. Bill Collins (Douglas Fowley), ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Martin Mooney (original story), Sam Robins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs McGinnis
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy Stone
Billy Gilbert ... Knobby
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams)
Douglas Fowley ... Bill Collins
Joan Barclay ... Ann Mitchell
Warren Hymer ... Dratler
Ann Doran ... Dorothy Melton
Jack Mulhall ... Jim Barnes
Gabriel Dell ... Charlie Manning
Sidney Miller ... Charlie Horse
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Chalky Jones
Dick Ryan Dick Ryan ... Jed Miller
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Storyline

Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School after they are unjustly convicted of stealing a truck. Bill Collins (Douglas Fowley), brother of co-leader Danny (Bobby Jordan), becomes involved in a killing and, while also innocent, is convicted and sentenced to death. Through a series of events, Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Glimpy (Huntz Hall), Danny and the rest of the gang, learn that Knobby (Billy Gilbert), a henchman of Luke Manning (Guinn Williams), knows something about the murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Anjos e os Gangsters See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Wednesday 7 June 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Although African-American actor Ernest Morrison has plenty of screen time as Scruno, his recurring role in the East Side Kids film series, his name appears nowhere in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Melton: Why don't you do something? They are only kids!
Knobby: He's got a gun! It's loaded! I know, I loaded it myself!
Dorothy Melton: I thought you were the kind of man I could go for.
Knobby: What's Luke got that I ain't got?
Dorothy Melton: Brains!
Knobby: That ain't nice!
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Follows Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) See more »

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Entertaining East Side Kids Feature
1 March 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This entertaining light feature offers plenty of good-natured mischief and banter from Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, and the rest of the 'East Side Kids'. The story puts together some elements that were often recycled in the various features of the series, and it is used to set up some confrontations that combine amusement and action. This feature came from the middle of the series, when the interaction of the characters plus a few familiar plot ideas had come together well enough to carry a movie like this without a lot of extra help.

The story setup has the gang getting wrongly blamed for a theft and being sent to reform school, while the older brother of Danny (Jordan) is also arrested for a more serious crime. There are also a number of other scenes, especially early in the movie, that use their humorous confrontations with adults to establish the boys as restless but misunderstood.

The familiar ad-libbing and horseplay from Gorcey and the other regulars in the series works particularly well here, and the script almost seems to have been written so as to provide as many opportunities for it as possible. Billy Gilbert also pitches in with his comic talents, as a befuddled crook, and Guinn Williams is a believable if rather stoic heavy. Overall, it's not really anything new, but it's a familiar combination that provides solid entertainment for an hour or so.


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