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Gallant Sons (1940)

Approved | | Mystery | 15 November 1940 (USA)
Two childhood friends have a falling out because of their fathers' occupations, which lands one father in jail.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

William R. Lipman (screenplay), Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Cooper ... Byron 'By' Newbold
Bonita Granville ... Kate Pendleton
Gene Reynolds ... Johnny Davis
Gail Patrick ... Clare Pendleton
Ian Hunter ... 'Natural' Davis
June Preisser ... Dolly Matson
Leo Gorcey ... 'Doc' Reardon
William Tracy ... 'Beefy' Monrose
Tommy Kelly ... Harwood 'Woody' Hollister
Edward Ashley ... Al Posna
El Brendel ... Olaf Larsen
Minor Watson ... Barton Newbold
Ferike Boros ... Madame Wachek
Charlotte Wynters ... Estelle
Donald Douglas ... Hackberry
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Two childhood friends have a falling out because of their fathers' occupations, which lands one father in jail.

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Co-stars Jackie Cooper and Gene Reynolds would be reunited years later on the other side of the camera when Reynolds produced over a dozen episodes of M*A*S*H (1972) that were directed by Cooper. See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
(1878)
Written by James Allen Bland
Sung by an unidentified woman in the casino, with piano accompaniment
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Who'd Expect A Comedy-Thriller Starring A Bunch Of Kids To Be So Very Good!?
27 July 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is such a find and succeeds so far beyond any reasonable expectations one might bring to it, I'm tempted to rate it a "10."

The only flaw, to my mind, was including Leo Gorcey in the cast of juveniles; but he is relatively toned down.

Gene Reynolds was a most appealing actor playing in this age range. Here, we see him looking a little plump (especially in the derriere); but he was handsome and a fine actor. Too bad his career as a star didn't continue into adulthood. (He made a big name for himself behind the scenes, but that was a loss, because here and in such movies as "The Get-Away" he was an excellent actor.)

The plot involves two friends, one of whose father is put in jail for a murder he didn't commit. The other's father is a newspaper man who printed the story.

These two and their pals do some good sleuthing and come up with a suspect. To smoke him out, they put on a play, a la the play within the play in "Hamlet," which they feel will make him confess.

It's all suspenseful, exciting, and fun.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

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Filhos de Brio See more »

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1.37 : 1
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