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Bowery Battalion (1951)

Passed | | Action, Comedy | 24 January 1951 (USA)
In order to trap some spies, the Bowery Boys join the Army.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Charles R. Marion (original screenplay), Bert Lawrence (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Donald MacBride ... Sgt. Herbert Frisbie
Virginia Hewitt Virginia Hewitt ... Marsha Davis
Russell Hicks ... Col. Melvin Hatfield
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as William Benedict)
Buddy Gorman Buddy Gorman ... Butch
David Gorcey ... Chuck
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Decker
Al Eben Al Eben ... Conroy
Frank Jenks ... Recruiting Sergeant
Selmer Jackson ... Col. Masters
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Storyline

Slip and the other Bowery Boys join the army and to their camp, shortly after they enlist, comes their old friend and benefactor, Louie Dumbrowsky. Louie had served as a corporal in World War One, but he walks into camp wearing the insignia of a major - something of a surprise to the boys until they learn he alone has the key to the death-dealing hydrogen ray. Foreign agents want the secret and through the efforts of their fellow spy, Marsha, the private secretary to Colonel Hatfield, they kidnap Major Louie. The boys go A.W.O.L. to rescue him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

THEY'RE THE DAFFIEST DRAFTEES IN HISTORY! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1951 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Huntz Hall actually did spend time in the army during World War II. See more »

Goofs

When the spies go to kidnap Louie at night, from outside we see the light go on in his room and no shade is visible on the door's window. In the following shot, the shade is partly down. See more »

Quotes

Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: [talking to a donkey] As Democrats, we gotta stick together.
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Connections

Followed by Spook Chasers (1957) See more »

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Uncle Sam Wants Who?
5 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

While sharing a soda with a young blond boy, hapless Huntz Hall (as Horace De Bussy "Sach" Jones) mistakes a mock "Air Raid" drill for the real thing. Feeling patriotic, Mr. Hall takes three of "The Bowery Boys" to join the U.S. Army. Soon, wise guy leader Leo Gorcey (as Terence Aloysius "Slip" Mahoney) arrives to find father Bernard Gorcey (as Louie Dumbrowsky) has barricaded his "Sweet Shop", fearing an attack. After learning his missing pals have gone to enlist, Mr. Gorcey seeks to retrieve them. But, Leo Gorcey is tricked into enlisting himself, by drill sergeant Donald MacBride (as Herbert Frisbie).

After turning the elder Gorcey away as too old, the Army recruits heroic "Major Dumbrowsky", due to his past service record (he invented the "hydrogen ray"). Meanwhile, son Gorcey, Hall, William "Billy" Benedict (as Whitey), Buddy Gorman (as Butch), and David Gorcey (as Chuck) provide Sgt. MacBride and the Army with "Bowery Boy" high-jinx. The best bit involves Gorcey and the gang unwittingly donning officers' uniforms. MacBride's engaging "Sgt. Frisbie" characterization gives the tired, old plot some spark.

**** Bowery Battalion (1/24/51) William Beaudine ~ Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Donald MacBride


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