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The East Side Kids
East Side Kids
were characters in a series of films released by Monogram Pictures
Monogram Pictures
from 1940 through 1945. Many of them were originally part of The Dead End Kids
Dead End Kids
and The Little Tough Guys, and several of them later became members of The Bowery Boys.

Contents

1 History 2 The East Side Kids 3 List of East Side Kids

3.1 Trivia

4 Filmography 5 Re-releases 6 See also 7 Notes 8 External links

History[edit] Main article: Dead End Kids When Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
turned the play "Dead End" into a 1937 film, he recruited the original tough-talking kids from the play (Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Billy Halop, and Bernard Punsly) to repeat their roles in the film. This led to the making of six other films starring The Dead End Kids. The most successful of these features were Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces
(1938) with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, and They Made Me a Criminal
They Made Me a Criminal
(1939), starring John Garfield. Universal offered a competing series, under the Little Tough Guys brand name, later combining the Little Tough Guys cast members with the Dead End Kids
Dead End Kids
(minus Gorcey) as the Dead End Kids
Dead End Kids
and Little Tough Guys series. The East Side Kids[edit] In 1940 producer Sam Katzman, noting the financial success of other tough-kid series, made the film East Side Kids
East Side Kids
using two of the 'Little Tough Guys', Hally Chester and Harris Berger. He added former Our Gang
Our Gang
player Donald Haines, Frankie Burke, radio actor Sam Edwards, and Eddie Brian to round out the new team. The film served as a kind of "pilot" for a possible series of films, which were eventually made possible by this film's success. Katzman hired former Dead End Kid Bobby Jordan to play the lead in the first film in the series proper, Boys of the City
Boys of the City
and he was soon joined in the series by Leo Gorcey. Gorcey's brother David was also added, as well as (Ernie) 'Sunshine' Sammy Morrison as "Scruno," the only African-American in the group and a former child actor from the very first cast of the Our Gang
Our Gang
comedy team. In the first few films, Dave O'Brien (familiar from low-budget westerns and serials, and as the accident-prone star of the Pete Smith comedies) played Jordan's older brother Knuckles Dolan, who always seemed to be getting roped into chaperoning the kids from adventure to adventure. O'Brien appeared in different roles as well—continuity between films was often ignored. As with the Little Tough Guys, the membership of the team changed from film to film, until Huntz Hall joined in 1941, when the lineup was somewhat stabilized. In total, 20 actors were members of the team at one time or another.

Bobby Stone, Robert Greig, Leo Gorcey, and Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
in the film Million Dollar Kid
Million Dollar Kid
(1944).

Always the outsider, Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
drifted in and out of the series as a gang-member, a reporter, or a small-time hoodlum (as in Million Dollar Kid). In Smart Alecks
Smart Alecks
he's an ex-member who left the gang to pursue a life of crime. Stanley Clements also appeared in Smart Alecks as well as 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
and Ghosts on the Loose. After Gorcey left the subsequent "Bowery Boys" series in 1956, Clements was chosen to replace him in the last seven films. Monogram (which later became Allied Artists) was notorious for its "Poverty Row" productions, and the East Side films were no exception. With a minuscule budget of around $33,000 per feature and a tight shooting schedule of only 5–7 days, the series churned out three or four movies a year (an astonishing 21 films in less than six years). There was no time or money for subtlety, story development, or more than one or two takes per scene. The stories always centered on the tough, pugnacious "Muggs McGinnis" (Gorcey) or the more innocent, clean-cut "Danny" (Bobby Jordan). Huntz Hall's "Glimpy" began as a minor character who grew in prominence as he was allowed to do more comedy bits over the course of the series. The loose format proved flexible enough to shift back and forth between urban drama (That Gang of Mine), murder mystery (Boys of the City), boxing melodrama (Bowery Blitzkrieg), and horror-comedy (Spooks Run Wild), with the kids confronting various stock villains: gangsters, smugglers, spies, and crooked gamblers, along the way. The East Side films were problem-teen melodramas until 1943, when director William Beaudine joined the series and emphasized the comedy content. He encouraged the actors to improvise freely, adding to the films' spontaneous charm. The contemporaneous events of World War II affected the series as well as the cast. In 1943 Béla Lugosi (who was in Spooks Run Wild) returned as a Nazi saboteur in the incongruously-titled Ghosts on the Loose which also featured a young Ava Gardner; a German-Japanese spy ring was thwarted in the blatantly patriotic Let's Get Tough!
Let's Get Tough!
from 1942 (with Gabriel Dell, of all people, as a Nazi spy). At the end of Kid Dynamite Muggs, Danny, and Glimpy enlist and show off their uniforms. In Follow The Leader (1944), Muggs and Glimpy appear in uniform as they are on leave from the Army. Offscreen, between 1942 and 1944, cast members Billy Benedict, Morrison, Jordan, Dell, and David Gorcey
David Gorcey
left the series after being drafted. A few days after receiving his induction notice, Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident and spent almost a year in recovery. His injuries led to a 4-F classification, rendering him unfit for military service. During Bobby Jordan's absence, his role in the series was taken by former child actor David Durand. Durand had been the star of Columbia's series of "Glove Slingers" campus comedies, and lent the same earnest sincerity to his East Side Kids
East Side Kids
appearances. (Jordan returned in 1944, in uniform, for a guest appearance in Bowery Champs.) Starting with Clancy Street Boys
Clancy Street Boys
in 1943, Bernard Gorcey (Leo's father) did various bit parts, playing different characters in a total of seven films. In Million Dollar Kid
Million Dollar Kid
he and Leo exchanged banter borrowed from an Abbott and Costello routine. He later became a fixture with The Bowery Boys. Given the low budgets, simplistic stories, and crude, assembly-line production of the East Side Kids
East Side Kids
series, its enduring popularity relies on the cast's rambunctious energy, breezy banter (often ad-libbed and containing inside jokes), fast-paced action, and Leo Gorcey's trademark malapropisms ("This calls for drastic measurements"). The East Side Kids
East Side Kids
series was supplanted by The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys
in 1946. List of East Side Kids[edit]

Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
as Ethelbert 'Muggs' (or 'Mugs') McGinnis (Maloney in early films) (1940-1945) Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
as Glimpy/Limpy (1941-1945) Bobby Jordan as Danny/ Bobby Jordan (1940-1943, 1944) Harris Berger as Danny Dolan (1940) Hally Chester as Fred 'Dutch' Kuhn (1940) Frankie Burke
Frankie Burke
as Skinny (1940) Donald Haines
Donald Haines
as Peewee/Skinny (1940-1941) Eddie Brian as Mike (1940) Sam Edwards as Pete (1940) Jack Edwards as Algernon 'Mouse' Wilkes (1940) Sunshine Sammy Morison as Scruno (1940-1943, 1944) David Gorcey
David Gorcey
as Pete/Peewee (1940-1942) Eugene Francis as Algernon 'Algy' Wilkes (1940-1941) Bobby Stone as Willie/Louie/Monk Martin/Chalky Jones/Skinny/Stoney/Rocky/Dave/Speed (1940-1944) Bill Lawrence as Skinny (1942) Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
as Charlie Manning/Hank Salka/Skid/Harry Wycoff/Dips Nolan/Lefty/Fingers Belmont/Pinky/Skinny/Jim Lindsay/Talman/Pete (1942-1945) Stanley Clements as Stash (1942-1943) Bennie Bartlett as Beanie/Benny (1943) Dave Durand as Skinny/Danny/Dave (1943-1944) Dick Chandlee as Stash/Skinny (1943) Eddie Mills as Dave/Eddie (1943) Bill Bates as Sleepy/Dave (1943) Buddy Gorman as Skinny/Stinkie/Slug/Shorty/Danny/Sammy (1943-1945) Jimmy Strand as Rocky/Pinkie/Lou/Dave/Danny (1943-1945) Johnny Duncan as Roy Cortland/Squeegie Robinson/Gilbert Mitchell (1944-1945) Al Stone as Herbie (1944) Bill Chaney as Tobey (1944) Mende Koenig as Sam/Danny (1945) Leo Borden as Aristotles/Pete (1945)

Trivia[edit]

Gorcey married two of his East Side Kids
East Side Kids
co-stars: Kay Marvis (1939) and Amelita Ward (1949). Actor/comedian Morey Amsterdam, best known as "Buddy Sorrell" on The Dick Van Dyke Show, contributed to the scripts for Kid Dynamite and Bowery Champs.

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Director Screenplay Story

1. East Side Kids 1940 Robert F. Hill William Lively William Lively

2. Boys of the City 1940 Joseph H. Lewis William Lively William Lively

3. That Gang of Mine 1940 Joseph H. Lewis William Lively Alan Whitman

4. Pride of the Bowery 1940 Joseph H. Lewis George H. Plympton William Lively (adaptation) Steven Clensos

5. Flying Wild 1941 William West Al Martin Al Martin

6. Bowery Blitzkrieg 1941 Wallace Fox Sam Robins Brendan Wood Donn Mullahy

7. Spooks Run Wild 1941 Phil Rosen Carl Foreman Charles R. Marion Carl Foreman Charles R. Marion

8. Mr. Wise Guy 1942 William Nigh Sam Robins Harvey Gates Jack Henley Martin Mooney

9. Let's Get Tough! 1942 Wallace Fox Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

10. Smart Alecks 1942 Wallace Fox Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

11. 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge 1942 Wallace Fox Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

12. Kid Dynamite 1943 Wallace Fox Gerald Schnitzer Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterdam
(dialogue) Paul Ernst

13. Clancy Street Boys 1943 William Beaudine Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

14. Ghosts on the Loose 1943 William Beaudine Kenneth Higgins Kenneth Higgins

15. Mr. Muggs Steps Out 1943 William Beaudine William Beaudine Beryl Sachs William Beaudine Beryl Sachs

16. Million Dollar Kid 1944 Wallace Fox Frank H. Young Frank H. Young

17. Follow the Leader 1944 William Beaudine William Beaudine Beryl Sachs Ande Lamb

18. Block Busters 1944 Wallace Fox Houston Branch Houston Branch

19. Bowery Champs 1944 William Beaudine Morey Amsterdam Earle Snell Earle Snell

20. Docks of New York 1945 Wallace Fox Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

21. Mr. Muggs Rides Again 1945 Wallace Fox Harvey Gates Harvey Gates

22. Come Out Fighting 1945 William Beaudine Earle Snell Earle Snell

Re-releases[edit] Many of the East Side Kids
East Side Kids
programs were re-released by Astor Pictures, Favorite Films, and Savoy Pictures Corporation, the latter two companies owned by former Monogram executives[1] See also[edit]

Dead End Kids Little Tough Guys The Bowery Boys

Notes[edit]

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External links[edit]

Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
on IMDb Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
on IMDb Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
on IMDb Bobby Jordan on IMDb Benny Bartlett on IMDb David Gorcey
David Gorcey
on IMDb Mende Koenig on IMDb Sammy Morrison on IMDb Jimmy Strand on IMDb Eugene Francis on IMDb Stanley Clements on IMDb Billy Benedict
Billy Benedict
on IMDb Hally Chester on IMDb Harris Berger on IMDb Johnny Duncan on IMDb Frankie Burke
Frankie Burke
on IMDb David Durand on IMDb Donald Haines
Donald Haines
on IMDb Buddy Gorman on IMDb Bobby Stone on IMDb

Preceded by Little Tough Guys 1938–1943 East Side Kids 1940–1945 Succeeded by The Bowery Boys 1946–1958

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Dead End Kids

Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
 • David Gorcey
David Gorcey
 • Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
 • Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
 • Billy Halop
Billy Halop
 • Bobby Jordan

Dead End Dead End Crime School Angels with Dirty Faces They Made Me a Criminal Hell's Kitchen The Angels Wash Their Faces On Dress Parade

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Little Tough Guys

William "Billy" Benedict
William "Billy" Benedict
Harris Berger Hally Chester Gabriel Dell Charles Duncan David Gorcey
David Gorcey
Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
Billy Halop
Billy Halop
Bobby Jordan Bernard Punsley

Little Tough Guy Little Tough Guys in Society Newsboys' Home Code of the Streets Call a Messenger You're Not So Tough Junior G-Men Give Us Wings Hit the Road Sea Raiders Mob Town Junior G-Men of the Air Tough as They Come Mug Town Keep 'Em Slugging

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East Side Kids

Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
David Gorcey
David Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
Bobby Jordan Stanley Clements Ernie Morrison
Ernie Morrison
Johnny Duncan Buddy Gorman Donald Haines

East Side Kids Boys of the City That Gang of Mine Pride of the Bowery Flying Wild Bowery Blitzkrieg Spooks Run Wild Mr. Wise Guy Let's Get Tough! Smart Alecks 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Kid Dynamite Clancy Street Boys Ghosts on the Loose Mr. Muggs Steps Out Million Dollar Kid Follow the Leader Block Busters Bowery Champs Docks of New York Mr. Muggs Rides Again Come Out Fighting

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The Bowery Boys

Live Wires In Fast Company Bowery Bombshell Spook Busters Mr. Hex Hard Boiled Mahoney News Hounds Bowery Buckaroos Angels' Alley Jinx Money Smugglers' Cove Trouble Makers Fighting Fools Hold That Baby! Angels in Disguise Master Minds Blonde Dynamite Lucky Losers Triple Trouble Blues Busters Bowery Battalion Ghost Chasers Let's Go Navy! Crazy Over Horses Hold That Line Here Come the Marines Feudin' Fools No Holds Barred Jalopy Loose in London Clipped Wings Private Eyes Paris Playboys The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys
Meet the Monsters Jungle Gents Bowery to Bagdad High Society Spy Chasers Jail Busters Dig That Uranium Crashing Las Vegas Fighting Trouble Hot Shots Hold That Hypnotist Spook Chasers Looking for Danger Up in Smoke

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