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Live Wires (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 12 January 1946 (USA)
Slip, who has difficulties in keeping a job for too long, is hired by the District Attorney's office to serve summons and warrants to problematic citizens.


Phil Karlson


Tim Ryan (screenplay), Josef Mischel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... 'Sach' Jones
Mike Mazurki ... Patsy 'Pat' Clark
Bobby Jordan ... Bobby
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
William Frambes William Frambes ... Homer
Claudia Drake ... Jeanette
Pamela Blake ... Mary Mahoney
John Eldredge ... Herbert L. Sayers
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Mabel, the Waitress
Bernard Gorcey ... Jack Kane
Bill Christy Bill Christy ... Boyfriend (Dynamite Doyle) (as Billy Christy)
Nancy Brinckman ... Girlfriend
Robert Emmett Keane ... Mr. Barton (as Robert E. Keane)
Earle Hodgins ... Barker


Slip gets fired from his job at a construction company for decking his boss. His sister, who got him a job at the company, is angry with him. Slip manages to get a job with the District Attorney serving warrants, as does Sach. Through his job, Slip finds out that all is not quite kosher at his old construction company, and that his sister may be in danger. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

12 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stepping Around See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of 48 Bowery Boys movies released from 1946 to 1958. In 1945, when East Side Kids producer Sam Katzman refused to grant Leo Gorcey's request to double his weekly salary, Gorcey quit the series, formed his own production company (owning 40% of it) with his agent Jan Grippo called Jan Grippo Productions, revamped the format including getting rid of the teen-aged stories and rechristened the series The Bowery Boys (i.e., "Leo Gorcey and The Bowery Boys"). See more »


As Slip and Sach are arguing before the street hustler, when Sach unfolds his arms and turns to Slip, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible moving on and off Sach's right side. See more »


Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney: [Sach and Slip inside an ice cream parlor noticing a crowd gathering around someone out in the street] Looks more like somebody's trying to incite a riot.
'Sach' Jones: What do you mean inside? The guys outside.
Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney: [Slip turns to Sach] Whoever said "Ignorance is bliss" must have been talking to you first.
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The Right Sort of Man
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In his usual pugnacious manner
7 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Bowery Boys made their screen debut after being revamped from the East Side Kids in Live Wires. As this was Gorcey family affair the other kids with the exception of Huntz Hall were gradually reduced to being little more than extras. You'll see Bernard Gorcey, but not in his familiar role as Louie Dumbrowski owner of the Sweet Shop where they hang out.

Leo Gorcey in his usual pugnacious manner loses the job he has with a construction company. His patient sister Pamela Blake who also works there gets him a job with the District Attorney as a process server. It's a job where Gorcey's kind of aggressiveness comes in handy as do his pals when he needs them.

He certainly does need them when he tries to serve Mike Mazurki who's a triggerman for the city racket's Mr. Big. There's a great scene with Mazurki and Gorcey with Gorcey getting sloshed as he tries to serve Mazurki. The help he needs to get out of that fix is somewhat tardy in arriving.

The Bowery Boys series gets off to a fine start with Live Wires.

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