Million Dollar Kid (February 28, 1944)

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Million Dollar Kid
 

Released on February 28, 1944: The East End Kids save a millionaire from a mugging, and after he befriends the boys they save his daughter from a con-man and his son from being mixed up with gangsters.

Produced by Jack Dietz and Sam Katzman

Directed by Wallace Fox

The Actors: Leo Gorcey (Muggs McGinnis), Huntz Hall (Glimpy McClosky), Gabriel Dell (Lefty), William 'Billy' Benedict (Skinny), Louise Currie (Louise Cortland), Noah Beery (Police Captain Mathews), Iris Adrian (Mazie Dunbar), Herbert Heyes (John H. Cortland), Robert Greig (Spevin, Cortland butler), Johnny Duncan (Roy Cortland), Stanley Brown (Lieutenant Andre Dupree), Patsy Moran (Mrs. McClosky), Mary Gordon (Mrs. McGinnis), Al Stone (Herbie), David Durand (Danny), Jimmy Strand (Pinkie), Buddy Gorman (Stinkie), Pat Costello (Spike), Bernard Gorcey (telegram messenger), Merrill McCormick (Arabian man), Pat McKee (Fink, pool hall owner), Bobby Stone (Rocky)

 

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The Push-Faced Sawed-Off Pickle

For anyone not familiar with the boys in this comedy, they were famous in my house as the boys who could, as my father would claim, 'Kill the King’s English' with ease and bring my normally serious father to fits of convulsive laughter. He was a preacher, and a careful wordsmith who learned to speak with the best grammar and use the most expressive words. It brought him tremendous pleasure to hear the Bowery Boys, earlier known as the East End Kids, using the wrong words to express the right sentiments. When one of their movies was shown on Saturday afternoon television, his work on Sunday’s sermon would pause and these boys would hold his rapt attention until the closing credits.

In this adventure the boys from the lower East side of Manhattan who have trouble finding a dime among them will bump elbows with a million dollar kid . . . . The son of a wealthy millionaire . . . And teach him by example how to ‘do the right thing.’ When the boys see a man being grabbed and shoved into a dark alley by a trio of muggers they run to the man’s aid, fighting off the muggers and saving the man from a severe beating.

The man is John H. Cortland, a wealthy businessman from the upper West side of Manhattan. He is very grateful to the boys and wants them to visit him in the morning so that he can reward them, but they refuse, insisting that they didn’t save him from a beating just to get money from him. He climbs into his large limousine and drives uptown and our boys go on their merry way. It appears that the contact between the millionaire businessman and the boys from the Bowery is over as quickly as it began, but fate will put them together again very soon.


This leads to that and the millionaire businessman shows them his fully equipped gymnasium in the basement of his uptown home and gives them a key to his home and invites them to come and use the gym any time they like. He laughingly tells Muggs McGinnis, played by Leo Gorcey, that he is a push-faced sawed-off pickle, but he really likes him for some reason. He introduces the boys to his daughter Louise and she accepts the shabbily dressed urchins from the Bowery as if they were next door neighbors.

It appears that the millionaire and his family may be able to help the boys from the Bowery get a hand up in life . . . . Or maybe it will be the boys from the Bowery who help the millionaire straighten out his life. You see, his beautiful daughter is about to become engaged to a con man pretending to be a French military man, and his young son Roy . . . . . Well . . . . He is mixed up with some small-time gangsters he met in a pool hall on the lower West side of Manhattan, and the three of them are the muggers who attacked the millionaire in the first place.

It will be up to our boys from the Bowery to make everything right, with cunning and craftiness that will not embarrass the millionaire and his associates. Watch for the scene where Leo Gorcey answers the door to a telegraph messenger . . . . That telegraph messenger is Leo Gorcey’s father, Bernard Gorcey. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Gabriel Dell, Pat Costello and Johnny Duncan
Gabriel Dell, Pat Costello and Johnny Duncan
Gabriel Dell and Pat Costello
Gabriel Dell and Pat Costello
Gariel Dell
Gariel Dell
Herbert Heyes and Louise Currie
Herbert Heyes and Louise Currie
Herbert Heyes
Herbert Heyes
Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey
Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey
Iris Adrian and Stanley Brown
Iris Adrian and Stanley Brown
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
Johnny Duncan and Gabriel Dell
Johnny Duncan and Gabriel Dell
Johnny Duncan
Johnny Duncan
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey, Al Stone and Huntz Hall
Leo Gorcey, Al Stone and Huntz Hall
Leo Gorcey and Al Stone
Leo Gorcey and Al Stone
Leo Gorcey and Bernard Gorcey
Leo Gorcey and Bernard Gorcey
Leo Gorcey and Herbert Heyes
Leo Gorcey and Herbert Heyes
Leo Gorcey and Herbert Heyes
Leo Gorcey and Herbert Heyes
Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and Louise Currie
Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and Louise Currie
Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall
Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall
Leo Gorcey and Iris Adrian
Leo Gorcey and Iris Adrian
Leo Gorcey and Johnny Duncan
Leo Gorcey and Johnny Duncan
Leo Gorcey and Louise Currie
Leo Gorcey and Louise Currie
Leo Gorcey, Noah Beery and Johnny Duncan
Leo Gorcey, Noah Beery and Johnny Duncan
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Louise Currie and Herbert Heyes
Louise Currie and Herbert Heyes
Louise Currie and Leo Gorcey
Louise Currie and Leo Gorcey
Louise Currie
Louise Currie
Mary Gordon and Leo Gorcey
Mary Gordon and Leo Gorcey
Noah Beery
Noah Beery
Noah Beery
Noah Beery
Robert Greig and Herbert Heyes
Robert Greig and Herbert Heyes
Robert Greig
Robert Greig
Stanley Brown and Louise Currie
Stanley Brown and Louise Currie
Stanley Brown and Louise Currie
Stanley Brown and Louise Currie
The East End Kids
The East End Kids