Mr. Wise Guy

Mr. Wise Guy

Leo Gorcey
Director: William Nigh Cast: Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
, Bobby Jordan
Bobby Jordan
, Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
William Nigh


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In this "East Side Kids" escapade (the eighth in the series), the gang, led by Muggs McGinniss (Leo Gorcey), help a man load a barrel on a truck. Little do they know that the man is a crook; accused of trying to steal the truck, they are immediately and without due process sent to reform school. Meanwhile, a gang members' brother is framed for murder and sentenced to death (justice is dispensed with remarkable swiftness on the East Side). The imprisoned gang watch a newsreel which features the man whom they'd helped load the truck. The man was filmed picking up a lottery prize for the his boss, a supposedly dead gangster who committed the murder for which the boy mentioned a few sentences back was framed. With the flimsiest of evidence, Muggs and his boys figure that the barrel loaded on the truck contained the murderous gangster. They escape from reform school (almost as easily as they'd gotten in), track down the gangster's henchman, extract a confession and save the condemned boy at the last minute. Insanely illogical, Mr. Wise Guy is lifted ever so slightly from mediocrity by the supporting performance of Billy Gilbert as the gangster's stooge.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290261274
Original Release: 1942
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 58,309

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leo Gorcey Ethelbert "Muggs" McGinnis
Bobby Jordan Danny Collins
Huntz Hall Glimpy Stone
Billy Gilbert Knobby
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Luke Manning
Warren Hymer Dratler
Gabriel Dell Rice Pudding Charlie
Joan Barclay Ann Mitchell
Douglas Fowley Bill Collins
Sammy "Sunshine" Morrison Scruno
David Gorcey Peewee
Bobby Stone Chalky Jones
Ann Doran Dorothy Melton
Benny Rubin Waiter
Joe Kirk Actor
William E. Lawrence Skinny
Sidney Miller "Charlie Horse"
Jack Mulhall Jim Barnes
Dick Ryan Jed Miller

Technical Credits
William Nigh Director
Jack Dietz Producer
Harvey Harris Gates Screenwriter
Jack Henley Screenwriter
Sam Katzman Producer
Johnny Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Carl Pierson Editor
Lew Porter Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Reed Cinematographer
Sam Robins Screenwriter
George C. VanMarter Art Director

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