East Side Kids

Overview

Police detective Pat O'Day (Leon Ames) involves himself with a gang of slum kids led by Dutch Kuhn (Hally Chester) and Danny Dolan (Harris Berger). He tries to keep them from getting into trouble and to help out Danny, whose brother, Knuckles Dolan (Dave "Tex" O'Brien), is about to be executed for a murder allegedly committed as part of his involvement in a counterfeiting ring. O'Day knows Knuckles, having tried to keep him on the right side of the law, and knows that he couldn't have done the shooting, ...
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Overview

Police detective Pat O'Day (Leon Ames) involves himself with a gang of slum kids led by Dutch Kuhn (Hally Chester) and Danny Dolan (Harris Berger). He tries to keep them from getting into trouble and to help out Danny, whose brother, Knuckles Dolan (Dave "Tex" O'Brien), is about to be executed for a murder allegedly committed as part of his involvement in a counterfeiting ring. O'Day knows Knuckles, having tried to keep him on the right side of the law, and knows that he couldn't have done the shooting, regardless of the circumstantial evidence, because Knuckles resolutely refused to carry a gun -- the real killer is the gang leader, Mileaway (Dennis Moore), a smooth-talker who earned his nickname through his knack for always being "a mile away" whenever a crime is committed by his gang. O'Day not only wants to catch Mileaway, but tries to keep the teenagers from falling in with the hood. When the detective starts to get too close, Mileaway sets him up for a brutality charge using crooked shop owner Schmidt, and gets O'Day busted back to uniformed patrolman.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
A B-movie directed with all the briskness that the genre demanded, East Side Kids was vastly entertaining and diverting, a low-budget successor to such well-intentioned major studio dramas as Dead End and Angels With Dirty Faces. East Side Kids is also a very dark film, however, when compared with the East Side Kids series of movies that followed it -- this was the only movie in the series (and essentially wasn't part of the series, but spawned it) in which a member of the gang is killed. Producer Sam Katzman recognized that he'd struck gold with the movie, but did some retooling of the concept. He signed up the available principal members of the original Dead End Kids (all except for Billy Halop and Bernard Punsley) rather than the secondary players such as Hally Chester who'd starred in East Side Kids, and put together a less realistic but more memorable and charismatic, as well as more humorous, gang led by Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall. Dave "Tex" O'Brien, seen here as unjustly convicted felon Knuckles Dolan, was kept and shown as the reformed, upright mentor to the group in the first few movies that followed, but the role of his brother Danny was recast with Bobby Jordan. The character of Algernon Wilkes, introduced here as the only well-spoken, serious student among the gang, was also kept but also altered slightly, so that he was a teenager from a wealthy background in future installments. Katzman maintained the Lower East Side New York setting and made it even more vivid, despite the low budgets involved, and the result of all of his work, and the contributions of several writers and directors who became very important down the road including Phil Karlson and Carl Foreman, was one of the longest-running film series in the history of movies, so successful that it spawned an even longer-running successor series, The Bowery Boys.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 874757035697
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leon Ames Pat O'Day
Dennis Moore Mileaway
Joyce Bryant Molly
Vince Barnett Whisper
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Knuckles
Richard Adams Schmidt
Maxine Leslie May
Sam Edwards Pete
Robert Fiske Cornwall
Jack Edwards Algemon Wilkes
James Farley Capt. Moran
Alden Chase Joe
Fred Hoose Mr. Wilkes
Eddie Brian Mike
Frank Yaconelli Tony
Hally Chester East Side Kid
Harris Berger Danny Dolan
Frankie Burke East Side Kid
Donald Haines East Side Kid
David Durand The East Side Kids
East Side Kids
Technical Credits
Robert F. Hill Director
Sam Katzman Producer
Johnny Lange Score Composer
William Lively Screenwriter
Robert Lively Screenwriter
Lew Porter Score Composer
Art Reed Cinematographer
Earl Turner Editor
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