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Bowery Buckaroos (1947)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 22 November 1947 (USA)
The Bowery Boys head west to clear Louie of an old murder charge that he had killed his gold-mine partner. Sach has the map to the gold mine painted on his back, and Blackjack McCoy has him... See full summary »


William Beaudine


Edmond Seward (original screenplay), Tim Ryan (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Slip Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Sach
Bobby Jordan ... Bobby
Gabriel Dell ... Gabe
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Julie Gibson ... Katherine Briggs
Russell Simpson ... Luke Barlow
Minerva Urecal ... Kate T. Barlow
Norman Willis ... Blackjack (as Jack Norman)
Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian Joe
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie
Rosa Turich ... Ramona
Chief Yowlachie ... Chief Hi-Octane (as Chief Yowlachi)
Sherman Sanders Sherman Sanders ... Rufe


The Bowery Boys head west to clear Louie of an old murder charge that he had killed his gold-mine partner. Sach has the map to the gold mine painted on his back, and Blackjack McCoy has him kidnapped by Indian Joe. Gabe poses as a dangerous gunman, the Klondike Kid, while Slip is in charge of all the remaining loose ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RUN FOR YOUR SCALPS! (original print ad-all caps)


Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


The eighth of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »


When the boys are raising and lowering Blackjack from the barn, the rope is slack when it should be taut from supporting his weight. See more »


Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: I had a wonderful dream. Louie, you were a free man, and you guys had $5,000, and you Gabe, you had a beautiful girl, and you Slip, you had a pile of gold.
Louie, aka Louie the Lout: I was a free man?
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Yeah.
WhiteyChuckBobby: And we had $5,000?
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Yeah.
Gabe, aka The Klondike Kid: And I had a beautiful girl?
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Yeah.
Slip' Mahoney, aka 'Dead-Eye Dan McGurke: And I had a pile of gold?
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Yeah, wasn't it a wonderful dream?
Slip' Mahoney, aka 'Dead-Eye Dan McGurke: It sure was.
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Followed by In the Money (1958) See more »


Listen to the Mockingbird
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (attributed to Alice Hawthorne (1855), a pseudonym of Septimus Winner)
Played for the hoedown in the saloon
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Louie...a murderer?! Huh?! What!?
2 August 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow is the plot to "Bowery Buckaroos" contrived! It's so bizarre and from out of no where that it looks like the folks who wrote the film were jumping the shark, so to speak. After all, the plot is absolutely insane...even compared to many of the really weird installments later in the series!

When the film begins in New York City, Louie is strumming a guitar and singing a western-style song. Then, a sheriff arrives on horseback to the malt shop...and Louie hides. It seems that he's there to arrest Louie for murder....and he's been looking for it for 20 years. Now never before nor never after did the movies ever mention that Louie was a prospector out west...never. Nor did they mention any treasure map that he's been hiding all these years!! And so, it's not an unfair jump to say that this plot is completely contrived and bizarre.

Slip announces that the gang is headed west--to clear Louie's name AND find that gold mine. As for the mine, the map for it is tattooed on Louie's back...but he absolutely refuses to come with them. So, they draw an identical copy on Sach's back...something this numb-skull shows off as soon as they arrive! Slip isn't much smarter, as he shoots off his mouth and tells a woman he just met that his friend Gabe has infiltrated the local gang and is going by the name of 'Klondike'! What's next?

I could see folks liking "Bowery Buckaroos" because it's fun to see the familiar characters in such an unfamiliar locale. Or, they could just realize that it's very contrived and illogical ....and strongly dislike it. Either opinion could easily be understood. I feel a bit of each! Overall, an enjoyable brainless film!

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Release Date:

22 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca del tesoro See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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