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Million Dollar Kid (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 February 1944 (USA)
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 »

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Wallace Fox

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Frank H. Young (original story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs McGinnis
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy McClosky
Gabriel Dell ... Lefty
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Louise Currie ... Louise Cortland
Noah Beery ... Captain Mathews (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Iris Adrian ... Mazie Dunbar
Herbert Heyes ... John H. Cortland (as Herbert Hayes)
Robert Greig ... Spevin - Cortlands' Butler (as Robert Grieg)
Johnny Duncan ... Roy Cortland (as Johnnie Duncan)
Stanley Brown ... Lt. Andre Dupree
Patsy Moran ... Mrs. McClosky
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. McGinnis
Al Stone Al Stone ... Herbie
David Durand ... Danny (as Dave Durand)
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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 still grieving for an older son he lost during the war, and would be devastated if he learned his only remaining son was a criminal, the gang sets out to reform the boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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EAST SIDE-WEST SIDE - ALL AROUND THE TOWN! (original poster) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Press and Pictorial Department of the Office of Censorship disapproved this picture for export because of its bad portrayal of America, citing the mugging scene, a rich boy participating in crime for excitement and poor police work. See more »

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David Durand, Jimmy Strand and Buddy Gorman are billed on-screen as Danny, Pinkie and Stinkie respectively, but when Muggs introduces them to Louise, they're called Dave, Lou and Slug. Durand is called "Dave" also in another scene. See more »

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Muggs McGinnis: There's no smokin' around here.
Messenger with Telegram: I'm not smoking.
Muggs McGinnis: You got a cigarette in your mouth, haven't ya?
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Much better than usual
5 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This installment of the East Side Kids finds the gang very much reformed and even, dare I say it, kind of sweet! Early in the episode, the gang see an old guy getting mugged...and they save the guy. Given the gang's reputation, the police immediately think THEY mugged the guy but the man speaks up for them. In fact, he's quite rich and invites them to use his gymnasium any time they want! The man seems great...and that's why things get tough later in the show. The gang realizes that one of the muggers was actually the man's own son!! But, learning that his oldest son was just killed in the war, Muggs and the rest conspire to not only reform the young man but beat the tar out of his 'associates'! Yes, the East Side Kids are, in effect, social workers!!

This is an enjoyable installment--one of the better ones in the series. I think most of this is because too often, Muggs was a complete jerk but here he's more likable and less jerkish! A definite improvement and an interesting story. My only real complaint are that a few of the 'kids' are really, really old...especially Herbie...who was really about 35 and supposed to be a teen!!!


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