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East Side Kids (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 February 1940 (USA)
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 (as Bob Hill)

Writers:

William Lively (original story), William Lively (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Ames ... Pat O'Day
Dennis Moore ... Milton Franklin 'Mileaway' Harris
Joyce Bryant ... Molly Dolan
Hal E. Chester Hal E. Chester ... Fred 'Dutch' Kuhn (as Hally Chester)
Harris Berger ... Danny Dolan
Frankie Burke ... Skinny
Vince Barnett ... Whisper
Dave O'Brien ... Knuckles Dolan
Ted Adams ... Schmidt (as Richard Adams)
Maxine Leslie Maxine Leslie ... May
Robert Fiske ... Cornwall - aka Robert Morrison
Jack Edwards Jack Edwards ... Algernon 'Mouse' Wilkes
Jim Farley ... Police Captain Moran (as James Farley)
Stephen Chase ... Joe - Detective (as Alden Chase)
Fred Hoose ... Mr. Wilkes
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Storyline

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 evidence to free him. Meanwhile, the prisoner's brother gets mixed up with a gang of counterfeiters, and inadvertently discovers the evidence that can set his brother free, if he can only get someone to believe him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THEY'RE NOT KILLERS YET...BUT SOMEDAY THEY'LL BURN FOR MURDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heróis do Bairro See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 5 March 1950 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »

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Followed by Million Dollar Kid (1944) See more »

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Clearing Him The Hard Way
14 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The grownups involved in East Side Kids concern three men from the slums on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Leon Ames is a cop, Dennis Moore is in the rackets, and Dave O'Brien is in the death house. In fact he's taking a rap for shooting a cop in a job that Moore did. It's the code of the streets not to squeal and O'Brien would rather get the chair than do that so Ames is going to have clear him the hard way.

In the meantime Moore is now involved in a counterfeiting racket and uses a group of kids from the old neighborhood to spread his bogus currency. One of them is Harris Berger who is O'Brien's kid brother. In the meantime O'Brien and Berger's sister Joyce Bryant is being romanced by Ames as well.

For those of us who are used to seeing the clowning antics of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall this film is strictly on the serious side. There were no fatalities usually with the Gorcey/Hall group, but this one has a few. It's a nice B picture drama with a good pace to it.


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