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Million Dollar Kid (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 February 1944 (USA)
The gang is befriended by a millionaire whom they save from a mugging. However, they begin to suspect that the man's son was actually one of the muggers. Knowing that the boy's father is ... See full summary »

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Wallace Fox

Writer:

Frank H. Young (original story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs McGinnis
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy McClosky
Gabriel Dell ... Lefty
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Louise Currie ... Louise Cortland
Noah Beery ... Captain Mathews (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Iris Adrian ... Mazie Dunbar
Herbert Heyes ... John H. Cortland (as Herbert Hayes)
Robert Greig ... Spevin - Cortlands' Butler (as Robert Grieg)
Johnny Duncan ... Roy Cortland (as Johnnie Duncan)
Stanley Brown ... Lt. Andre Dupree
Patsy Moran ... Mrs. McClosky
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. McGinnis
Al Stone Al Stone ... Herbie
David Durand ... Danny (as Dave Durand)
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Storyline

The gang is befriended by a millionaire whom they save from a mugging. However, they begin to suspect that the man's son was actually one of the muggers. Knowing that the boy's father is still grieving for an older son he lost during the war, and would be devastated if he learned his only remaining son was a criminal, the gang sets out to reform the boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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It's Their FIGHT of FIGHTS! They've got the toughest guys in town on the run! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Banner Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Muggs McGinnis: There's no smokin' around here.
Messenger with Telegram: I'm not smoking.
Muggs McGinnis: You got a cigarette in your mouth, haven't ya?
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Good East Side Kids Feature
26 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is easily among the better of the many features starring the East Side Kids. It has an interesting story that includes some thoughtful moments in addition to the broad humor. It also has plenty of the group's spontaneous horsing around, and it includes a funny (and all too brief) scene between Leo Gorcey as Muggs and his father Bernard as a messenger.

The story has Muggs, Glimpy, and the rest of the crew saving a rich man from a mugging, befriending him, and then trying to protect him and his family from a variety of criminals and impostors. It works surprisingly well, even most of the more serious moments. Gorcey's style is effective in this kind of story, because he keeps his character's hardened edge even when he is doing something good, thereby usually making him more believable.

The main emphasis is still, of course, the raucous comedy, and the gang gets some good moments at the expense of all of the other characters at one time or another. It's a good movie, and it's probably one of the entries in the series most worth seeing.


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