Series - Dead End Kids

by ianhenslee | created - 28 Feb 2014 | updated - 28 Feb 2014 | Public

The film series of the Dead End Kids / Little Tough Guys / East Side Kids / Bowery Boys.

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1. Dead End (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 5,639

2. Crime School (1938)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama

A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them.

Directors: Lewis Seiler, William Clemens | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, The Dead End Kids, Gale Page, Billy Halop

Votes: 973

3. Little Tough Guy (1938)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama

The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Robert Wilcox, Helen Parrish, Marjorie Main, Jackie Searl

Votes: 123

4. Little Tough Guys in Society (1938)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy

A society matron invites the gang to her estate as playmates for her spoiled brat son.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Mischa Auer, Mary Boland, Edward Everett Horton, Helen Parrish

Votes: 17

5. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 18,607

6. Newsboys' Home (1938)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A clueless publisher's daughter inherits a newspaper that sponsors a charity home for boys, and proceeds to run the paper to the ground.

Directors: Harold Young, Arthur Lubin | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 13

7. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,830

8. Code of the Streets (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Hoodlum Tommy Shay is sentenced to die for the murder of Police Lieutenant Carson, although Tommy was in a poker game at the time with a man calling himself "Denver" Collins. Collins has ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Harry Carey, Frankie Thomas, James McCallion, Juanita Quigley

Votes: 22

9. Hell's Kitchen (1939)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A group of tough city kids have 'graduated' from reform school and are assigned to a "Boy's Town" type of inmate self-government city shelter. The shelter is run by Hiram Krispan (Grant ... See full summary »

Directors: Ewald André Dupont, Lewis Seiler | Stars: The Dead End Kids, Margaret Lindsay, Ronald Reagan, Stanley Fields

Votes: 242

10. Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Romance

A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Billy Halop, Bernard Punsly, Leo Gorcey

Votes: 359

11. On Dress Parade (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Drama

The Dead End Kids are sent to military school.

Directors: William Clemens, Noel M. Smith | Stars: Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 278 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Call a Messenger (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama

A tough street kid attempts to rob a post office and is caught. In order to avoid reform school, he takes a job as a messenger with the post office. He finds that he likes it, and when his ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle

Votes: 18

13. East Side Kids (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young street kid grows up and becomes a cop when he realizes that crime doesn't pay. One of his childhood friends is in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the cop looks for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, Joyce Bryant, Hal E. Chester

Votes: 195

14. You're Not So Tough (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

The Dead End Kids are out of the slums of New York's East Side and running around the sunny valleys of California looking for a way to make a quick buck. The idea of working never enters ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: The Dead End Kids, Nan Grey, Rosina Galli, Henry Armetta

Votes: 21

15. Boys of the City (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Street kids get sent to the country, where they get mixed up in murder and a haunted house.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Hal E. Chester, Frankie Burke

Votes: 524

16. That Gang of Mine (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A street kid has dreams of becoming a jockey. He gets his chance when he and his gang discover a poor old man who has a championship race horse. The man agrees to let the boy ride his horse... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Clarence Muse, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 472

17. Junior G-Men (1940)

Approved | 240 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A gang of street kids work with the FBI in their attempt to find and rescue their leader's father, a scientist who has been kidnapped by a terrorist group.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 79

18. Give Us Wings (1940)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Dead End Kids epic. The boys want desperately to fly, and get mixed up with crooked crop dusters, whose planes are flying deathtraps.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 27

19. Pride of the Bowery (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Drama

New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Kenneth Howell, Mary Ainslee

Votes: 510

20. Flying Wild (1941)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A group of young men who work at an aviation factory begin to suspect that a doctor who runs an air ambulance service is secretly a spy transporting secret information from the plant to enemy agents.

Director: William West | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Joan Barclay, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 437

21. Hit the Road (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kids look to get revenge when their fathers are all killed in a mob war.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall

Votes: 29

22. Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

Passed | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

While a cop steers a kid street-fighter away from being a public nuisance, a petty hoodlum leads a studious kid into a life of crime.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Warren Hull

Votes: 524

23. Mob Town (1941)

Approved | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

A young street kid idolizes his brother, a gangster who was sent to death row for murder. Frank, a local cop, tries to ensure that the boy and his gang don't wind up the same way as his ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall

Votes: 23

24. Sea Raiders (1941)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Dead End Kids go after a gang known as the Sea Raiders, which is sinking Allied shipping.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 49

25. Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Comedy

The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall

Votes: 1,425

26. Mr. Wise Guy (1942)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School after they are unjustly convicted of stealing a truck. Bill Collins (Douglas Fowley), ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Billy Gilbert

Votes: 454

27. Let's Get Tough! (1942)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy

The East Side Kids take on a gang of Japanese spies.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 463

28. Tough As They Come (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The 'Little Tough Guys' are working as collectors for a finance company, when they discover the company's illegal activities.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Billy Halop, Paul Kelly, Helen Parrish, Ann Gillis

Votes: 12

29. Junior G-Men of the Air (1942)

Approved | 225 min | Action, Adventure, War

A group of street kids battle a terrorist gang led by a Japanese spy.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Billy Halop, Gene Reynolds, Lionel Atwill, Frank Albertson

Votes: 58

30. Smart Alecks (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Danny helps to capture a wanted criminal and receives a $200 reward. However, he has a falling out with the gang when they believe he should share the money with them. Complications ensue ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 441

31. 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The East Side Kids find a young girl in the apartment of a man who has just been murdered. Believing her to be innocent, they hide her in their clubhouse while they try to find the real ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 577

32. Mug Town (1942)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Neighborhood kids take on racketeers.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Grace McDonald, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 11

33. Kid Dynamite (1943)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Sport

EastSide boxing champion (Leo Gorcey) has been challenged to fight the West Side champ but is kidnapped before the match. Leo's friend (Bobby Jordan) takes his place and wins the fight only... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 525

34. Keep 'Em Slugging (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Tommy Banning (Bobby Jordan) and his pals,"Pig" (Huntz Hall), "Ape" (Norman Abbott) and "String" (Gabriel Dell) have jobs in a department store where store executive Frank Moulto (Frank ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Norman Abbott

Votes: 24

35. Clancy Street Boys (1943)

Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Muggs' rich Uncle Pete is coming to visit. Unfortunately, Muggs' late father had bragged that he had seven kids, so Muggs recruits the members of the gang to pose as his family--including ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Noah Beery

Votes: 465

36. Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy

The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 1,127

37. Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy

Muggs, ordered by a judge to get a job "or else", is hired by a society matron as the chauffeur for her wacky family. An engagement party is thrown for the family's daughter, and the rest ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 277

38. Million Dollar Kid (1944)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy

The gang is befriended by a millionaire whom they save from a mugging. However, they begin to suspect that the man's son was actually one of the muggers. Knowing that the boy's father is ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 501

39. Follow the Leader (1944)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Muggs and Glimpy, two East Side Kids in the army, return to their neighborhood, supposedly on furlough; actually, Muggs has been honorably discharged with a physical defect, but he tells no... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 290

40. Block Busters (1944)

60 min | Comedy

Muggs must fight a new French kid who has just moved into the neighborhood.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 342

41. Bowery Champs (1944)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Copy boys Muggs and Glimpy investigate a murder. They locate the ex-wife of the murdered man and become convinced she is innocent. They hide her from the police while they investigate.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William 'Billy' Benedict, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 366

42. Docks of New York (1945)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Glimpy finds a necklace next to a dead body in an alley. His discovery leads to the gang getting mixed up in murder, intrigue involving a European royal family, and a killer who is after ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William 'Billy' Benedict, Gloria Pope

Votes: 297

43. Mr. Muggs Rides Again (1945)

63 min | Comedy

After having been framed by gamblers, Muggs is barred from riding in horse races. Snce he can no longer race, he takes up a collection so Ma Brown, who owns the horses won't have her stable... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William 'Billy' Benedict, Johnny Duncan

Votes: 301

44. Come Out Fighting (1945)

62 min | Comedy

The police commissioner asks some local street kids to toughen up his sissy son.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William 'Billy' Benedict, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 341

45. Live Wires (1946)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime

Slip, who has difficulties in keeping a job for too long, is hired by the District Attorney's office to serve summons and warrants to problematic citizens.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Mike Mazurki, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 298

46. In Fast Company (1946)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The crooked manager of a taxicab company is out to drive the independent owners/drivers out of business through various tactics such as sabotage, beatings and intimidation. But he crosses ... See full summary »

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Jane Randolph, Judy Clark

Votes: 251

47. Bowery Bombshell (1946)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Whitey (William Benedict) and Chuck (David Gorcey) unsuccessfully try to sell a dilapidated car to a street cleaner for a ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 284

48. Spook Busters (1946)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Mystery

The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Douglass Dumbrille, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 439

49. Mr. Hex (1946)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Music