Bowery Blitzkrieg (August 1, 1941)

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The East End Kids in Bowery Blitzkrieg
 

Released on August 1, 1941: Young policeman Tom Brady tries to keep the young boys of the tough Bowery neighborhood out of trouble, but the local gangsters have other ideas.

Directed by Wallace Fox

The Actors: Leo Gorcey (Muggs McGinnis), Bobby Jordan (Danny Breslin), Huntz Hall (Limpy), Keye Luke (Clancy), Warren Hull (Officer Tom Brady), Charlotte Henry (Mary Breslin), Bobby Stone (Monk Martin), Donald Haines (Skinny), Ernest Morrison (Scruno), David Gorcey (Peewee), Martha Wentworth (Mrs. Brady), Jack Mulhall (Officer Nick Sherrill), Eddie Foster (Slats Morrison), Dennis Moore (Dorgan), Tony Carson (Dutch), Pat Costello (trainer), Dick Ryan (Police Lieutenant), Jack Carr (George, truck driver), Bill Cartledge (Johnny Ryan, boxer), Jack Chefe (Nick, card player), Minerva Urecal (Picklepuss, reform school matron).

 

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In This Corner . . . Muggs McGinnis

Bernard Gorcey was born in Russia in 1888, and with his young Irish wife Josephine Condon moved to New York City to work on Vaudeville. Bernard also became a movie actor (Bernard Gorcey Movies). Bernard stood 4'10" tall, and his 95 pound wife was 4'11", and while Bernard worked in the movies Josie raised the kids, that included Leo Bernard Gorcey, who towered above his parents at 5'6" when he was an adult. Leo Gorcey got a part in a Broadway show called 'Dead End' and when a movie was made from the play, Leo got a part in it. His realistic portrayal of a tough New York street kid from the poor side of town was a hit with audiences and over the rest of his Hollywood career he starred in a series of 'Dead End Kids' movies, and then 'East End Kids' movies, of which this is one, and finally in a series of Bowery Boys movies, that my dad and I always enjoyed watching on Saturday afternoons in the 1960's when they went to television. Dad was a preacher, and prided himself on good diction, and my big sister Carol always corrected my grammar, just like character Mary Breslin corrects her younger brother Danny in this movie. I had to smile when she corrected Danny, and immediately thought of my sis Carol. Every time Leo Gorcey or his street buddies would, as dad would say, 'fracture the King's English' by using a similar but wrong word in a sentence, Dad would laugh his head off. Papa Bernard Gorcey played the part of Louie Dumbrowski, owner of the 'corner store' in many of Leo's Bowery Boys movies, and when Papa Bernard had a car accident in 1955 and passed away, Leo was grief-stricken enough that he never again made a Bowery Boys movie.

In this Leo Gorcey classic, he is young Muggs McGinnis, who without a family is living on the tough streets of lower Manhattan. He is befriended by a young Irish cop who gets him involved with Golden Gloves boxing. Of course we need some gangsters, so a local gangster tries to bribe Muggs to throw his first fight. Also, another young boy from the neighborhood is sucked into a life of crime by another kid with a flashy car and a knack for robbing local neighborhood stores. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it, travel back to the 1941 tough streets of New York City and enjoy the show.

Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis
Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Bobby Jordan and Bobby Stone
Bobby Stone shows off his new car to Bobby Jordan
Bobby Jordan and Charlotte Henry
Bobby Jordan and Charlotte Henry
Bobby Jordan and Eddie Foster
Bobby Jordan and Eddie Foster
Bobby Jordan as Danny Breslin in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Bobby Jordan as Danny Breslin in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Bobby Jordan
Bobby Jordan practicing his boxing skills
Bobby Jordan, as Danny Breslin, stops Bobby Stone from shooting the cop
Bobby Jordan, as Danny Breslin, stops Bobby Stone from shooting the cop
Charlotte Henry and Warren Hull
Charlotte Henry and Warren Hull
Bobby Jordan and Bobby Stone are running away from policeman Warren Hull
Bobby Jordan and Bobby Stone are running away from policeman Warren Hull
Dennis Moore, Eddie Faster and Tony Carson watch the fight
Dennis Moore, Eddie Faster and Tony Carson watch the fight
Dick Ryan and Jack Mulhall watch the fight
Dick Ryan and Jack Mulhall watch the fight
Dick Ryan as the Police Lieutenant
Dick Ryan as the Police Lieutenant
Eddie Foster and Dennis Moore
Eddie Foster tells Dennis Moore that he can fix the fight with a little money
Ernest Morrison as Scruno
Ernest Morrison as Scruno
Keye Luke and Eddie Foster
Keye Luke and Eddie Foster
Keye Luke as store owner Clancy in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Keye Luke as store owner Clancy in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Leo Gorcey and Minerva Urecal
Leo Gorcey, as Muggs McGinnis, meets 'Picklepuss' Minerva Urecal
Leo Gorcey and Warren Hull
Leo Gorcey and Warren Hull
Martha Wentworth and Charlotte Henry
Margaret Wentworth and Charlotte Henry
Margaret Wentworth and Leo Gorcey
Margaret Wentworth and Leo Gorcey
Minerva Urecal as 'Picklepuss' - matron of the Reform School
Minerva Urecal as 'Picklepuss' - matron of the Reform School
Pat Costello and Leo Gorcey
Pat Costello and Leo Gorcey
Warren Hull, Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Warren Hull, Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey in Bowery Blitzkrieg
Warren Hull and Jack Mulhall
Warren Hull and Jack Mulhall
Warren Hull, as Policeman Tom Brady, tries to warn the kids to stay out of trouble
Warren Hull, as Policeman Tom Brady, tries to warn the kids to stay out of trouble as Slats Morrison, played by Eddie Foster, looks on.