The Law of Contact

King of the Newsboys (March 18, 1938)

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Lew Ayres and Helen Mack
 

Released on March 18, 1938: An 11th Avenue girl dumps her poor boyfriend to party with an uptown hoodlum, but the poor boyfriend makes good and turns the tables on the girl who dumped him.

Produced by Bernard Vorhaus

Directed by Bernard Vorhaus

The Actors: Lew Ayres (hotel house detective Al), Helen Mack (Mary Ellen Stephens), Alison Skipworth (Nora), Victor Varconi (wire Arno), Sheila Bromley (Connie Madison), Alice White (Dolly), Horace McMahon (Lockjaw), William 'Billy' Benedict (Squimpy), Ray Cooke (Pussy), Jack Pennick (Lefty), Mary Kornman (Peggy), Gloria Rich (Maizie), Oscar O'Shea (Mr. Stephens), John Baird (henchman), Horace B. Carpenter (fisherman), Allan Cavan (Mr. Madison), Jack Chefe (waiter), Jack Clifford (train flagman), Joe Cunningham (Gazette managing editor), Ralph Dunn (racetrack guard), Byron Foulger (Gazette owner), Howard C. Hickman (the Judge), Ethan Laidlaw (hood), Robert Livingston (passerby), Wilbur Mack (jeweler), Marjorie Main (Mrs. Stephens), Alphonse Martell (head waiter), Harold Miller (dance floor extra), Bert Moorhouse (offis equipment businessman), Frances Morris (Mabel), Louis Natheaux (henchman), Inez Palange (neighbor), Cyril Ring (businessman), Harry Semels (grocer), Lee Shumway (train engineer), Charles Sullivan (bookie), Ferris Taylor (John Sampson), Dale Van Sickel (Connie's escort), Emmett Vogan (newsman), Anthony Warde (henchman), Harry Wilson (coachman), Robert Winkler (Mary's brother)

 

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Two Women and the 11th Avenue Bully

Papa was a preacher, and the family moved several times to different churches over his lifetime. I was born in tiny Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the weather-predicting groundhog, despised by many this year of the winter that never ends, and I graduated high school in even smaller Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I lived for a few years in Cleveland, Ohio . . . not a really big city, but big enough to impress a country boy like me. I now live in near-rural Niles, Ohio and know that I am not a city boy, but maybe because of that I really enjoy stories from the big city. I enjoy watching the way scores of people, all jammed into a small city area form community and live and play together . . . it is a lifestyle that is foreign to me and thus exciting. In this New York City adventure Lew Ayres is orphan Jerry Flynn, living with a tough but tender hearted widow woman Nora. Nearby lives beautiful Mary, played by Helen Mack. Now, there are wonderfully delicious details that I will let you enjoy for yourself, but in a thumbnail, Jerry loves Mary, but Mary wants riches, and kids like them from the 11th Avenue neighborhood grow up with the smell of '11th Avenue Cherry Blossoms' - the odor of the garbage barge floating down the river . . . and Mary wants what Jerry can't give her. When Mary meets uptown hoodlum Arno, with all the money and refinement that Jerry doesn't have, she dumps Jerry and parties her life away with Arno. Jerry gets his head together and becomes very wealthy himself, and when Mary wants to come back to him he dumps her. While payback is sweet for Jerry, he still loves her even though he now parties with society girl Connie. Now . . . Connie uses men like she uses play-toys, moving on to the next one when she gets tired of the one she is with . . . But Connie isn't a dumb society girl . . . When she is ready to dump Jerry she tells him what he doesn't realize . . . he is not in love with her, but with Mary, and he should go back to her. Well, it looks like the perfect spot for our two love-birds to get together for good, but there is big trouble brewing, and it may destroy not only Jerry, but Connie and Mary also. Mary puts a gun in her purse and the excitement is about to begin, with a very uncertain ending. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alison Skipworth and Helen Mack
Alison Skipworth and Helen Mack
Alison Skipworth and Helen Mack
Alison Skipworth and Helen Mack
Alison Skipworth
Alison Skipworth
Alison Skipworth
Alison Skipworth
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Ferris Taylor
Ferris Taylor
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack dumps Lew Ayres
Helen Mack dumps Lew Ayres
Helen Mack on 11th Avenue
Helen Mack on 11th Avenue
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Horace McMahon
Horace McMahon
Howard C. Hickman
Howard C. Hickman
Inez Palange
Inez Palange
Joe Cunningham and Lew Ayres
Joe Cunningham and Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres and Alison Skipworth
Lew Ayres and Alison Skipworth
Lew Ayres and Horace McMahon
Lew Ayres and Horace McMahon
Lew Ayres dumps Helen Mack
Lew Ayres dumps Helen Mack
Lew Ayres and Victor Varconi
Lew Ayres and Victor Varconi
Lew Ayres meets Helen Mack at the racetrack
Lew Ayres meets Helen Mack at the racetrack
Lew Ayres selling newspapers in New York City
Lew Ayres selling newspapers in New York City
Al Ritz
Al Ritz
Oscar O'Shea
Oscar O'Shea
Sheila Bromley and Lew Ayres
Sheila Bromley and Lew Ayres
Sheila Bromley and Lew Ayres
Sheila Bromley and Lew Ayres
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi and Helen Mack
Victor Varconi and Helen Mack