Pride of the Bowery

Overview

Muggs Maloney Leo Gorcey is supposed to be preparing for the Golden Gloves competition but he doesn't want to train anymore in a stuffy slum building. His friend Danny Bobby Jordan lures him upstate to what he thinks is going to be a training camp, but instead turns out to be a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, where young men sign up to do land reclamation in exchange for support for their families -- Muggs feels cheated, but his mother can use the money and the labor is keeping him in shape, so he sticks it ...
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Overview

Muggs Maloney Leo Gorcey is supposed to be preparing for the Golden Gloves competition but he doesn't want to train anymore in a stuffy slum building. His friend Danny Bobby Jordan lures him upstate to what he thinks is going to be a training camp, but instead turns out to be a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, where young men sign up to do land reclamation in exchange for support for their families -- Muggs feels cheated, but his mother can use the money and the labor is keeping him in shape, so he sticks it out, even saving the life of another boy, though his pugnacious, self-centered attitude quickly alienates most of the camp from him. When Willie Bobby Stone, one of the few friends he has, tells Muggs that he stole $100 from the captain's office to send to his mother, Muggs decides to help him out by taking up a local fight promoter Carleton Young on his offer of a prize fight; he wins and tries to replace the money, but gets caught by the captain. Muggs won't squeal on Willie and is dismissed from the camp, but Danny won't let the issue go and forces Willie to confess his role in the crime.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Pride Of The Bowery was one only the third East Side Kids movie -- Huntz Hall was not yet aboard, but Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, David Gorcey (all of whom had appeared in the original play Dead End) and Donald Haines (an alumnus of Hal Roach and an ex-Our Gang member) were aboard, and Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison was present as Scruno, but that character wasn't in exactly the same role that he usually played in the East Side Kids films; even Bobby Stone, who would figure in the later films, was here. Director Joseph H. Lewis, who would do excellent work in film noir, thrillers, and westerns in feature films and television for another 20 years, moves the story forward at a breakneck pace without sacrificing any coherency or logic, and even leaving room for some good dramatic scenes -- within the context of a low-budget Monogram production that probably took less than 10 days to shoot, there are two especially good moments: When Gorcey's Muggs Maloney tries to shrug off the jam he is in, saying he's been in trouble before, and Bobby Jordan's Danny tells him, "Yeah, but not for stealing," the look on Gorcey's face is one of the best serious screen moments of his career; and the scene in which Muggs rescues Al (Ken Howell) from a falling tree is shot about as well as any action scene you'll ever see. Pride Of The Bowery is also a fascinating pop-culture document of its era, with a plot set in the Civilian Conservation Corps (or CCC), a Depression Era answer to the unemployment of the nation's youth -- recognizing that there were vital land reclamation and rural restoration projects that needed doing and hundreds of thousands of idled older teenagers and young men, the Roosevelt administration set up the CCC in 1933; over the next nine years, once their need was established, members signed up for six month hitches at $30 a month ($25 paid to their families) plus shelter and meals, doing land clearing and other essential projects. Thanks to the lingering popularity of the East Side Kids movies across the decade, Pride Of The Bowery is probably the last Hollywood artifact about the New Deal and the CCC that one can still see. [Note: The presence of Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison's character of Scruno as one -- and so far as we can tell, the only -- black member of the camp raises an interesting historical matter; the CCC had originally been integrated, but by the mid-1930's the organization was as segregated as any institution in the south, mostly because of local resistance, especially in the south, to integrated CCC camps, and the Roosevelt administration was forced to quietly restrict black enrollment in the program].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • UPC: 874757037295
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 74,305

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leo Gorcey Muggs Maloney
Bobby Jordan Danny
Donald Haines Skinny
Carleton Young Norton
Ken Howell Al
David Gorcey Peewee
Eugene Francis Algy
Mary Ainslee Elaine
Kenneth Harlan Captain Jim White
East Side Kids
Lloyd Ingraham Doctor
Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison Scruno
Bobby Stone Willie
Nick Stuart Ranger
Technical Credits
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Robert C. Cline Cinematographer
Robert Golden Editor
Sam Katzman Producer
Johnny Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
William Lively Screenwriter
George Plympton Screenwriter
Lew Porter Musical Direction/Supervision
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