The Dead End Kids, East Side Kids, Bowery Boys
Back in the day, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcy, and the gang spoke so eloquently about the issues of their day.
The East Side Kids were characters in a series of films released by Monogram Pictures from 1940 through 1945. Many of them were originally part of The Dead End Kids and The Little Tough Guys, and several of them later became members of The Bowery Boys.
When Samuel Goldwyn turned the play Dead End into the 1937 film version, 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 (1938) with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, and 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 (minus Gorcey) as the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys series.
Back in the day, we had a chance to watch these classics with our grandparents, great-grandparents on Saturdays and Sundays.
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BONUS: From 1938, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and the boys in “Angels With Dirty Faces”