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Boys Town (1938)

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96 min | Biography, Drama

When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child rights and an opponent of the severe approach to ...See moreWhen a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child rights and an opponent of the severe approach to juvenile delinquency at the time, Flanagan genuinely believed that there is no such thing as a bad boy. Starting with just a few boys in a rented house, Father Flanagan eventually establishes Boys Town on 200 acres of land 10 miles outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Much of the film focuses on Flanagan's attempts to influence one boy, Whitey Marsh, who will become a hoodlum if he doesn't change his ways. When Whitey is implicated in a bank robbery, it puts all of Boys Town at risk. Throughout it all Flanagan has to fight prejudice in those who believe delinquents should just be locked up and the never ending shortage of money to accomplish his goals. Written by garykmcd See less
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Writers
John Meehan (screenplay) | Dore Schary (screenplay) (original story) | Eleanore Griffin (original story)
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Sidney Wagner (photographed by)
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Updated Sep 8, 1938

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Sep 9, 1938 (United States)

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73 cast members
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Spencer Tracy
Father Flanagan Father Flanagan   See fewer
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Mickey Rooney
Whitey Marsh Whitey Marsh   See fewer
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Henry Hull
Dave Morris Dave Morris   See fewer
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Leslie Fenton
Dan Farrow Dan Farrow   See fewer
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Gene Reynolds
Tony Ponessa Tony Ponessa   See fewer
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Edward Norris
Joe Marsh Joe Marsh   See fewer
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Addison Richards
The Judge The Judge   See fewer
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Minor Watson
The Bishop The Bishop   See fewer
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Jonathan Hale
John Hargraves John Hargraves   See fewer
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Bobs Watson
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Mickey Rentschler
Tommy Anderson Tommy Anderson   See fewer
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Frankie Thomas
Freddie Fuller Freddie Fuller   See fewer
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Jimmy Butler
Paul Ferguson Paul Ferguson   See fewer
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Sidney Miller
Mo Kahn Mo Kahn   See fewer
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Victor Kilian
The Sheriff (as Victor Killian) The Sheriff (as Victor Killian)   See fewer
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Boys Town Acapella Choir
The Choir (voice) (as Boys Town A Cappella Choir) The Choir (voice) (as Boys Town A Cappella Choir)   See fewer
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Arthur Aylesworth
Tim (uncredited) Tim (uncredited)   See fewer
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King Baggot
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Barbara Bedford
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Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edwin Brian
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Darky (uncredited) Darky (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Gleckler
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7.3 / 10 | 4,745 votes