Boy of the Streets (June 5, 1955)

Jackie Cooper in Boy of the Streets
 

Released on December 8, 1937: (running time 1 hour and 16 minutes) Jackie Cooper is a poor, young gang leader in the tenement filled slums of New York City who will join a gangster to get the money that he wants to have.

Directed by William Nigh

The Actors: Jackie Cooper (Chuck Brennan), Maureen O'Connor (Nora), Kathleen Burke (Julie Stone), Robert Emmett O'Connor (Police Officer Rourke), Marjorie Main (Mrs. Mary Brennan), Matty Fain (Blackie Davis), George Cleveland (Tim 'Flannel-Mouth' Farley), Bill Elliott (Dr. Allan), Guy Usher (Fog Horn Brennan), Paul White (Spike, gang member), Ted Billings (Albert 'Old Man' Murder), Frank Bischell (gang member), Edwin Brian (Chuck's Lieutenant), Horace B. Carpenter (Pop McCarthy), Jack Cheatham (Police Officer Gratton), George DeNormand (Blackie's henchman), Lester Dorr (Oldham's secretary), Al Frazier (gang member), Wesley Giraud (gang member), William Gould (Police Detective), Freddie Jackson (gang member), Hollis Jewell (gang member), I. Stanford Jolley (ambulance attendant), Fred Kelsey (Cyrus Oldham), Don Latorre (Tony, rival gang leader), Wilbur Mack (Julie's business advisor), Frank Malo (gang member), William McCall (Pete, owner of Pete's Grotto Saloon), Billy McClain (black preacher), Eva McKenzie (social worker), John Merton (police desk Sergeant), Bruce Mitchell (Fire Chief Cronan), George Morrell (bar patron), Johnnie Morris (gang member), Edward Peil Sr. (Homicide Detective Craig), Rose Plumer (nighclub cleaning lady), Doris Rankin (Rusty Davis), Kent Rogers (gang member), Cy Schindell (Blackie's henchman), Robert Tucker (gang member).

 

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All Fool’s Day Tricks, and the Tenement Treat

When you were a teenager, what pranks did you pull on Halloween night? I spent my teenage years in tiny Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where there were only a few dozen houses surrounded by dairy farms and coal mines. There were no policemen in town, and the State Police only drove through every other Thursday afternoon just to make sure the town was still there, so it was easy to prank a neighbor and get away with it.

I still vigorously deny that Jimmy Hillegas and I scooped up a large pile of cow manure and put it into a brown paper shopping bag. We definitely did not carefully crumple a couple sheets of newspaper on top of it before setting it on the neighbor’s porch, then lighting the newspaper on fire with a match before ringing the doorbell and running across the street to hide in the tall weeds and watch.

One Halloween night we did, however, toss hands full of hard corn at the front of the house, sounding like machine-gun bullets hitting the front of the house. We did indeed run across the street and hide in the tall weeds between the small grocery store and the doctor’s house to watch as the old fellow inside opened his door and peered into the darkness trying to find the culprits that scared him nearly to death.

This 1937 adventure begins on Halloween night in lower Manhattan where a bunch of neighborhood teenage boys were busy pranking the police and firemen. No bags of manure, no hands full of hard corn, but plenty of rough and tough action on the streets of New York. Actor Jackie Cooper is Chuck Brennan, a teenager who has maybe one chance in a thousand to stay out of crime and violence as he grows into a man, maybe one chance in a thousand. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott, Maureen O'Connor, Jackie Cooper
Bill Elliott, Maureen O'Connor, Jackie Cooper
Billy-McClain
Billy-McClain
Don Latorre
Don Latorre
Don Latorre
Don Latorre
Doris Rankin
Doris Rankin
Doris Rankin, Matty Fain
Doris Rankin, Matty Fain
Edward Peil Sr., Ted Billings
Edward Peil Sr., Ted Billings
Eva McKenzie, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Eva McKenzie, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Guy Usher, Jackie Cooper
Guy Usher, Jackie Cooper
Guy Usher, Marjorie Main
Guy Usher, Marjorie Main
Jack Cheatham, Bruce Mitchell
Jack Cheatham, Bruce Mitchell
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper, Eddwin Brian
Jackie Cooper, Eddwin Brian
Jackie Cooper, Marjorie Main
Jackie Cooper, Marjorie Main
Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor
Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor
Robert Emmett O'Connor, Paul White
Robert Emmett O'Connor, Paul White
Jackie Cooper, Paul White
Jackie Cooper, Paul White
Jackie Cooper, William McCall
Jackie Cooper, William McCall
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
John Merton
John Merton
Kathleen Burke, Bill Elliott, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Kathleen Burke, Bill Elliott, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Marjorie Main, Guy Usher, Jackie Cooper
Marjorie Main, Guy Usher, Jackie Cooper
Marjorie Main, Guy Usher
Marjorie Main, Guy Usher
Marjorie Main, Kathleen Burke
Marjorie Main, Kathleen Burke
Matty Fain
Matty Fain
Matty Fain, Jackie Cooper
Matty Fain, Jackie Cooper
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor, Kathleen Burke
Maureen O'Connor, Kathleen Burke
Maureen O'Connor, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Maureen O'Connor
Paul White
Paul White
Paul White
Paul White
Robert Emmett O'Connor, Jack Cheatham
Robert Emmett O'Connor, Jack Cheatham