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Trouble Makers (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 2 January 1949 (USA)
Slip and Sach are in the sidewalk star-gazing business when they see a murder committed in a room at the El Royale Hotel, blocks away. In spite of the fussy-and-fidget objections of the ... See full summary »


Reginald Le Borg


Gerald Schnitzer (original story), Edmond Seward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Slip Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Sach, also called 'Chopper' McGee
Gabriel Dell ... Police Officer Gabe Moreno
Frankie Darro ... Ben Feathers
Lionel Stander ... 'Hatchet' Moran
John Ridgely ... 'Silky' Thomas
Helen Parrish ... Ann Prescott
Fritz Feld ... Mr. Andre Schmidtlap - Hotel Manager
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Benny Bartlett ... Butch
Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Madison
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Needles - the Tailor
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowski
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Police Sergeant Jones


Slip and Sach are in the sidewalk star-gazing business when they see a murder committed in a room at the El Royale Hotel, blocks away. In spite of the fussy-and-fidget objections of the hotel manager, Andre Schmidtlapp, the Bowery Boys and their friend Police Officer Gabe Moreno search the murder room and find nothing beyond learning that the room is occupied by "Silky" Thomas. Police Captain Madison reprimands Gabe for leaving his beat on a false alarm, but later tips from Slip and Sach help Gabe lead raids on Silky's gambling operations. The latter sends Gabe's former friend "Feathers" to Gabe with a bribe offer but Gabe refuses. The boys read about the killing of a Professor Prescott and identify him as the man they saw murdered. Slip and Sach tell the professor's daughter, Ann Prescott, they will find her father's killers, and they get jobs as bellhops at the hotel. "Hatchet", one of the gangsters, thinks Sach is a former cell-mate and this causes a complication or two along the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING...BUT LEO! He's on a merry-go-round with murder...ten stories above the ground! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 January 1949 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 12th of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »


On Moran's hotel room door, there appears to be a deadbolt lock above the doorknob. However, there is no corresponding plat or bolt visible on the edge of the door - a shortcut set carpenters often make. See more »


Slip Mahoney: Sach, if you drop me I'll never call you my friend again.
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Followed by Blonde Dynamite (1950) See more »

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Star gazing with the Bowery Boys
30 June 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Ever the entrepreneurs, in this one the Bowery Boys are hawking star gazing to passers-by for 5 cents a pop. While playing around with the telescope, Sach sees two men fighting in a room of a hotel several blocks away. Then Slip takes over and sees one of the men strangled by the other and then he convinces up and coming rookie cop Gabe Marino to leave his beat and investigate the incident. However, when they arrive at the hotel, there is no body in the room. Slip tells Sach "to search every nook and granny." When the police captain arrives, Slip explains to him what he saw but that "we can't find the corpus delicious." With tips from Slip, Gabe is putting a big bookmaker's operations under a lot of pressure and in return they set Gabe up and he ends up suspended from force for 90 days. This Bowery Boys outing benefits from a strong supporting cast in Fritz Feld as the delightfully officious hotel manager, Lionel Stander as the humorously murderous "Hatchet" Moran and Frankie Darro as the small time thug Ben Feathers.

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