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Live Wires (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 12 January 1946 (USA)
Slip, who has difficulties in keeping a job for too long, is hired by the District Attorney's office to serve summons and warrants to problematic citizens.


Phil Karlson


Tim Ryan (screenplay), Josef Mischel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... 'Sach' Jones
Mike Mazurki ... Patsy 'Pat' Clark
Bobby Jordan ... Bobby
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
William Frambes ... Homer
Claudia Drake ... Jeanette
Pamela Blake ... Mary Mahoney
John Eldredge ... Herbert L. Sayers
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Mabel
Bernard Gorcey ... Jack Kane
Bill Christy Bill Christy ... Boyfriend (Dynamite Doyle) (as Billy Christy)
Nancy Brinckman ... Girlfriend
Robert Emmett Keane ... Mr. Barton (as Robert E. Keane)
Earle Hodgins ... Barker


Slip gets fired from his job at a construction company for decking his boss. His sister, who got him a job at the company, is angry with him. Slip manages to get a job with the District Attorney serving warrants, as does Sach. Through his job, Slip finds out that all is not quite kosher at his old construction company, and that his sister may be in danger. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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SHOCKINGLY FUNNY! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Crime


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The first of 48 Bowery Boys movies released from 1946 to 1958. In 1945, when East Side Kids producer Sam Katzman refused to grant Leo Gorcey's request to double his weekly salary, Gorcey quit the series, formed his own production company (owning 40% of it) with his agent Jan Grippo called Jan Grippo Productions, revamped the format including getting rid of the teen-aged stories and rechristened the series The Bowery Boys (i.e., "Leo Gorcey and The Bowery Boys"). See more »


As Slip and Sach are arguing before the street hustler, when Sach unfolds his arms and turns to Slip, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on and off Sach's right side. See more »


Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney: [Sach and Slip inside an ice cream parlor noticing a crowd gathering around someone out in the street] Looks more like somebody's trying to incite a riot.
'Sach' Jones: What do you mean inside? The guys outside.
Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney: [Slip turns to Sach] Whoever said "Ignorance is bliss" must have been talking to you first.
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Followed by Jinx Money (1948) See more »


The Right Sort of Man
Composer unknown
Sung by Claudia Drake at the nightclub
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15 June 2020 | by WankerReviewsSee all my reviews

About a guy who lives with his sister, who is his own worst enemy, and finds himself involved in self inflicted confrontations. Jumping from gig to gig because he keeps finding trouble, his sister is fed up with him.

I thought this was fun to watch. Not laugh at loud funny but entertaining. The lead character played by Leo Gorcey was getting on my nerves after a while, and I was surprised his sister put up with him for as long as she did. The movie is only an hour long but the events of Leo running into trouble, and his sister telling him off, got repetitive quickly. I wished it was a little longer because him transitioning to his new job as a repo, felt rushed. We only see him repo two people and they both happen in the last 20 minutes. I thought it would be the many funny adventures of being a repo man. Nevertheless it was still a fun watch.

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Release Date:

12 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepping Around See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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