Boys of the City

Boys of the City

Bobby Jordan
Director: Joseph H. Lewis Cast: Bobby Jordan
Bobby Jordan
, Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
, Dave "Tex" O'Brien
Dave "Tex" O'Brien
Joseph H. Lewis

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Overview

Joseph H. Lewis's Boys Of The City was where the East Side Kids movie series began, in the wake of the decidedly darker feature film East Side Kids (which has yet to show up on DVD, as of the spring of 2003). As with most Alpha Video titles in this series, the print is on the uneven side, with missing frames and some sharp variations in contrast and density, but there are no defects that are terribly jarring to the viewer -- apart from one short segment that looks like it was copied from a 16mm dupe, the detail and sharpness are very consistent, and the disc overall looks not much poorer than many legitimate television showings of the movie from the 1960's. The package claims a running time of 68 minutes, other sources say 65, and the actual length of the disc is 63 minutes, and since there's nothing missing here, there's no complaint on that score -- in fact, given that most of the time local stations chopped out the first 14 minutes of the movie in order to fit it into a one-hour time-slot, this disc will very likely be the first chance that many fans will have to see the complete Boys Of The City; the opening section, referring back to events in East Side Kids, is the most direct follow-up that any of the Dead End Kids/LittleTough Guys/East Side Kids/Bowery Boys movies ever had to a preceding film. The standard six-chapter Alpha breakdown is barely adequate, and there are no special features, but for $5-$7 list there needn't be. It's an hour's worth of good fun, though the solution to the mystery is sort of obvious before the killer is unmasked -- Minerva Urecal, Vince Barnett, Alden Chase, and a lot of other familiar character actor faces also make this disc a treat for old movie buffs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
UPC: 0089218410092
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:08:00
Sales rank: 53,320

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bobby Jordan Danny
Leo Gorcey Muggs McGinnis
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Knuckles
George Humbert Tony
Hally Chester Buster
Frankie Burke Skinny
Donald Haines Pee Wee
Vince Barnett Simp
Minerva Urecal Agnes
Inna Gest Louise
Eugene Francis Algy
David Gorcey Actor
Dennis Moore Actor
Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison Scruno
Holly Chester Boy

Technical Credits
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Robert C. Cline Cinematographer
Sam Katzman Producer
William Lively Screenwriter
Carl Pierson Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [8:17]
2. Chapter 2 [12:08]
3. Chapter 3 [9:03]
4. Chapter 4 [7:50]
5. Chapter 5 [11:22]
6. Chapter 6 [13:21]

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