Hoosier Schoolboy (July 7, 1937)

Bradley Metcalf, Mickey Rooney
 

Released July 7, 1937: (running time 61 minutes) A young boy living on the wrong side of the railroad tracks tries to fit in with the wealthy kids.

Directed by William Nigh

The Actors: Mickey Rooney (Shockey Carter), Anne Nagel (Mary Evans), Frank Shields (John 'Jack' Matthews Jr.), Edward Pawley (Captain Fred Carter), William Gould (John Matthews Sr., owner of the Dairy), Dorothy Vaughan (Miss Hodges, school mistress), Anita Deniston (Elvira), Harry Hayden (Mr. Frank Townsend), Bradley Metcalfe (Roger Townsend), Doris Rankin (school girl), Walter Long (Riley, Dairy boss), Helena Grant (school girl), Cecil Weston (teacher), Mary Field (school board secretary), Zita Moulton (school girl), Fred Kelsey (Mr. Crowder), Lester Dorr (Lester Dorr), Martin H. Pawley (classmate), Maude Philby (Mrs. Townsend)

 

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Good Boys, Bad Boys, the Railroad Tracks, and the New Teacher

Papa was a preacher, and I spent my childhood in three different Pennsylvania towns. My high school years were in the Shanksville-Stonycreek High School. And yes, it is THAT Shanksville. I lived less than a mile from the flight 93 airplane impact site. I don’t know if box socials still happen in small-towns like Shanksville, but when I was a youngster, I can remember mom packing a picnic style meal in a box and wrapping it like a gift.

I was too young to attend, but mom and dad would occasionally go to a box social fund-raiser for the school or church. Mom’s carefully wrapped picnic meal would be added to the large pile of boxes on a table at the front of the party hall. Supposedly, no one except dad would know which package mom’s and he didn’t know who belonged to any of the other mysteriously wrapped boxes.

Someone would auction off each wrapped box, with all of the men bidding for any box except the one that their wife or girlfriend brought. All of the money raised from the lunch auction would go to the church or school that organized the event. When a fellow was successful in buying a box, the lady that prepared that lunch would go over to the fellow that purchased it, and they would sit together and enjoy the meal that she had packed.

A box social to collect money for the rural school is a turning point in this small-town adventure. The dairy farmers in this small town are fighting the owner of the dairy, who will not pay them enough for their milk to stay in business. All of this tension comes out in two school boys, one from the other side of the railroad tracks with a drunken father, and the other lad is a fortunate son of a wealthy and respected family.  All bets are off as the scum boy from the wrong side of the tracks tries to fit in with the good boys from the right side of the railroad tracks. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anita Deniston, Mickey Rooney
Anita Deniston, Mickey Rooney
Anita Deniston, Mickey Rooney
Anita Deniston, Mickey Rooney
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel, Frank Shields
Anne Nagel, Frank Shields
Anne Nagel, Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Anne Nagel, Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
Bradley Metcalf, Mickey Rooney
Bradley Metcalf, Mickey Rooney
Dorothy Vaughan, Anne Nagel
Dorothy Vaughan, Anne Nagel
Edward Pawley
Edward Pawley
Frank Shields
Frank Shields
Frank Shields, Anne Nagel, Dorothy Vaughan
Frank Shields, Anne Nagel, Dorothy Vaughan
Frank Shields, Lester Dorr, Anne Nagel
Frank Shields, Lester Dorr, Anne Nagel
Frank Shields. William Gould
Frank Shields. William Gould
Frank Shields
Frank Shields
Lester Dorr, Anne Nagel
Lester Dorr, Anne Nagel
William Gould, Walter Long
William Gould, Walter Long
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney, Anne Nagel
Mickey Rooney, Anne Nagel
Mickey Rooney, Bradley Metcalf
Mickey Rooney, Bradley Metcalf
Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Mickey Rooney, Edward Pawley
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
William Gould
William Gould