Boys Town

Boys Town

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Director: Norman Taurog

Cast: Norman Taurog, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull

     
 

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Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan--then promptly turned the statuette over to the real Father Flanagan out of gratitude. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Unable to raise funds through "proper" channels, Flanagan

Overview

Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan--then promptly turned the statuette over to the real Father Flanagan out of gratitude. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Unable to raise funds through "proper" channels, Flanagan finds that his staunchest supporters are the workaday folks who have faith in him; none is stauncher than Jewish pawnbroker Henry Hull, who digs deep into his pockets to help Flanagan realize his dream. The story of the struggle to get Boys Town on its feet paralleled with the regeneration of punkish Mickey Rooney, the younger brother of criminal Edward Norris. At first a wise-guy rebel, Rooney rises to a position of authority, responsibility and respect in Boys Town's self-maintained government. Boys Town, by the way, is the source of the classic line "He ain't heavy--he's my brother."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Boys Town features a sympathetic fact-based story and sincere performances from stars Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, who keep the film's tone just this side of maudlin. Veteran child-star director Norman Taurog ably handles his teenage charges, knowing precisely when to call for a close-up. Boys Town isn't without its moments of tear-jerking sentimentality, but Taurog keeps them at bay so that the story's pace won't falter. Tracy was supposedly so moved on winning his second Best Actor Oscar for the role that he gave the award to the real-life Father Flanagan; in actuality, an MGM publicist orchestrated the gesture. Ironically, the real Father Flanagan had been critical of the film, arguing that it made Boys Town look so prosperous that people would forget that it depended on charitable donations.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
UPC:
0883929201921
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
18,822

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Father Flanagan
Mickey Rooney Whitey Marsh
Henry Hull Dave Morris
Leslie Fenton Dan Farrow
Gene Reynolds Tony Ponessa
Addison Richards The Judge
Edward Norris Joe Marsh
Bobs Watson Pee Wee
Minor Watson The Bishop
Jonathan Hale John Hargraves
Martin Spellman Skinny
Mickey Rentschler Tommy Anderson
Frankie Thomas Freddie Fuller
Jimmy Butler Paul Ferguson
Sidney Miller Mo Kahn
Robert Emmett Keane Burton
Victor Kilian The Sheriff
John Hamilton Warden
Arthur Aylesworth Tim
Barbara Bedford Catholic Sister
Orville Caldwell Warden
Roger Converse Newspaper Reporter Lane
Wesley Giraud Butch
Donald Haines Alabama
George Humbert Calateri
Gladden James Doctor
Tommy Noonan Red
Jay Novello Gangster
Kane Richmond Newspaper Reporter Jackson
Phillip Terry Newspaper Reporter
William Worthington Governor
John Wray Weasel
Walter Young Judge
Al Hill Apples
Johnny Walsh Charley Haines

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
John W. Considine Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eleanore Griffin Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
James K. McGuinness Original Story
John Meehan Screenwriter
Dore Schary Screenwriter
Elmo Vernon Editor
Slavko Vorkapich Special Effects
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edward Ward Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Boys Town
1. Credits and Dedication [1:46]
2. Where Was the State? [4:40]
3. Assuming Responsibility [5:01]
4. Bishop's Blessing [2:19]
5. Dealmaking With Dave [3:50]
6. Holiday Cheer on Time [4:30]
7. A Town for Boys [6:12]
8. From the Ground Up [2:38]
9. Joe and Whitey Marsh [4:23]
10. Tough Guy's Town Tour [5:06]
11. Lunch Before Leaving [3:43]
12. Tony's Argument [4:47]
13. Bedding Down [1:02]
14. Barbershop Brouhaha [4:51]
15. Electioneering [2:09]
16. Missing Funds [4:13]
17. New Mayor [3:43]
18. Defeat and Departure [3:58]
19. Pee Wee's Accident [2:56]
20. Brotherly Encounter [2:40]
21. Where the Trail Leads [2:34]
22. Licked [3:23]
23. Making a Break [2:42]
24. Boys Deployed [4:22]
25. Truth About Tonight [1:52]
26. No Bad Boy [2:41]
27. Cast List [:28]
Disc #1, Side B -- Men of Boys Town
1. Credits [1:30]
2. A Few Little Improvements [5:44]
3. Never a Dull Moment [3:36]
4. Case of Ted Martley [6:12]
5. Assignment Smile [3:10]
6. The Man Not Buildings [2:42]
7. Jam Session [4:29]
8. Wrestling a Laugh [4:23]
9. Canine Breakthrough [5:18]
10. Adoption Idea [3:59]
11. None of That Crying Stuff [5:44]
12. Whitey's Sendoff [1:59]
13. Swell Dancer; Lousy Golfer [3:21]
14. Chance for Two Miracles [5:37]
15. Radio Report [2:47]
16. Flip Brier, Stowaway [3:50]
17. Tough Guy on the Loose [4:05]
18. Nabbed By the Police [4:13]
19. Wrong Ideas [2:51]
20. Sentenced to Marysport [5:01]
21. Priestly Intervention [3:41]
22. Reform School Reformer [2:38]
23. Less Than His Best [4:04]
24. Takeover [3:10]
25. More Sadness to Endure [3:49]
26. Ted on His Feet [3:04]
27. Among the Giants [4:13]
28. Cast List [:37]

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Boys Town 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Old-Movie_Buff More than 1 year ago
Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney are wonderful together in this heart warming tale of a kid from the streets (Mickey Rooney) who finds himself far from the city but in the country of all places in a Home for Boys.. Run by Spencer Tracy.... At first it was a difficult challange for the kid from the Big City to accept the rules and regulations of Boys Town... But with a lot of love and some emotional moments with other members of Boys town... the kid from the city adapted to the ways of Boy's Town and went on to be a a model member of Boys Town... Pretty Accurate to the Real Life Story of Boys Town... Wonderful Family Movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can not believe that this is not made in a dvd. if anyones knows where i can buy this in a dvd please let me know...this movie is so real and touching , you feel it when you visit boystown,