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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
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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Productions 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 »

Goofs

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

Luke Manning: Lay off the bourbon!
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Insult to Injury
15 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

The "Eastside" kids - "Mr. Wise Guy" gang leader Leo Gorcey (as Ethelbert "Muggs" McGuiness), "left hand man" Bobby Jordan (as Daniel "Danny" Collins), "right hand man" Huntz Hall (as Glimpy Stone), "yes man" David Gorcey (as Peewee), "no man" Bill Lawrence (as Skinny), and "black-out warden" Ernest Morrison (as Scruno) - are railroaded into reform school, for stealing a truck. There, they encounter rival gang kid Gabriel Dell (as Charlie Manning) and sadistic shoe-wielding guard Dick Ryan (as Jed Miller).

Also, Mr. Jordan's supposedly reformed big brother, Douglas Fowley (as Bill Collins) is convicted of murder. Pretty girlfriend Joan Barclay (as Ann Mitchell) and the "kids" think Mr. Fowley is innocent. Bumbling Billy Gilbert (as Knobby) and Guinn Williams (as Luke Manning) are crooked adversaries. Jaw-dropping moments to watch for include: the gang's brief swimsuit scene, Mr. Morrison's "white-wash" after chicken-thieving (he cries out "Deliver me from temptation!" in the coop), and Mr. Ryan's scene-stealing shoe beating.

**** Mr. Wise Guy (2/20/42) William Nigh ~ Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Billy Gilbert, Dick Ryan


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