"Sach" has become a camera fiend so, in the pursuit of some ready cash, "Duke" takes him and his photographs to the editor of the New York Morning Blade, Mr. Ray Vance. He hires them to get...
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"Sach" has become a camera fiend so, in the pursuit of some ready cash, "Duke" takes him and his photographs to the editor of the New York Morning Blade, Mr. Ray Vance. He hires them to get some photos of gangland boss Frankie Arbo but Mr. Arbo does not care to have his picture in the papers and dislikes cameramen for the same reason. "Sach" and "Duke" pose as interior decorators in the penthouse of Mae Randall in order to get photos of Arbo. Later, at Arbo's night club, the boys learn that the gangster is importing a tough hoodlum from Chicago. "Sach" and "Duke" lure the visiting gunman, Handsome Hal Lomax to Mrs. Kelly's boardinghouse and trick him into staying there through false police calls. "Sach" masquerades as Handsome Hal and gets away with it, and he and "Duke" manage to get into Arbo's inner office with the Boss and his henchmen, and the boys are cut into the gang's racket, which is counterfeit money. Then Handsome Hal shows up and things are getting dicey for the boys ...Written by
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First appearance of Stanislaus "Duke" Covelske played by Stanley Clements. He had appeared in an earlier incarnation of the Bowery Boys - the East Side Kids - as "Stash", beginning with Smart Alecks (1942). See more »
Frankie pours Sach (playing Handsome Hal) a glass of booze filling it up to the rim and hands it to him. But in the next close-up shot of Sach, the glass is only three-quarters full. See more »
The Bowery Boys attempt to soldier on without Leo Gorcey's Slip Mahoney in this forty-second entry in the series. The plot has Sach trying to get a picture of a notorious gangster. It's a yawner that sets the template for the remainder of the Bowery films. Huntz Hall is now the only star, so almost all of the gags revolve around him. If you're not a fan of his limited comedic talents, then you may want to sit this one out. Personally, I always enjoyed Leo Gorcey's malapropisms more than Hall's rubberfacing buffoonery. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Gorcey and Hall, which is sorely missed with Gorcey's replacement -- the dull and colorless Stanley Clements. He plays Duke, the supposed new leader of the gang. He's basically just a straight man for Hall, yelling at him and attempting to mimic the dynamic Hall had with Gorcey. He gets few gags of his own and none that are funny. Also joining the series is Queenie Smith as the Boys' landlady, a pathetic attempt to replace the irreplaceable Bernard Gorcey, who died the year before. In the background are forgettable David Gorcey and Danny Welton (his only Bowery film). This isn't fun. Obviously the series is well past its expiration date here. It's never funny but, if you're a big Huntz fan, maybe you can find something of worth here.
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