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That Gang of Mine (1940)



That Gang of Mine

(1940)

Comedy

65 minutes

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Cast:

Bobby Jordan as Danny Dolan
Leo Gorcey as Muggs Maloney
Clarence Muse as Ben
Dave O'Brien as Knuckles Dolan
Joyce Bryant as Louise
Ernest 'Sunshine Sammy' Morrison as Scruno
Milton Kibbee as Mr. Wilkes
David Gorcey as Peewee
Donald Haines as Skinny
Richard Terry as Henchman Blackie
Wilbur Mack as Nick Buffalo
Hazel Keener as Mrs. Wilkes
Eugene Francis as Algernon 'Algy' Wilkes

This is a solid East Side Kids feature that combines their familiar style with an equally familiar story setup about a young man's dream, producing something slightly different from either. It successfully avoids being predictable, while offering Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, and the rest plenty of chances to display their boisterous style.

The story has Muggs dreaming of becoming a famous jockey. This seemingly unsuitable choice of profession sets up an interesting story that even has a few thoughtful moments. Clarence Muse does quite a good job as Muggs's kindly, wise mentor (and as a side-note, it's one of the better roles for an African-American to be found in the B-movies of the era). While the other adult characters are mostly one-dimensional, they each serve a purpose in the way that things turn out. Along the way there are a number of chances for Gorcey, Jordan, and the rest to engage in some amusing silliness, yet director Joseph H. Lewis maintains a decent balance between that and more substantial material. As a result, it's not bad at all, and is worth seeing, at least for those who like the East Side Kids and their style.
 




Directors:
Actors: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Dead End Kids, East Side Kids, Ernest 'Sunshine Sammy' Morrison, Clarence Muse, Dave O'Brien
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Matinee Classics - That Gang of Mine starring The East Side Kids - Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Clarence Muse, Dave O'Brien, Joyce Bryant, Ernest 'Sunshine Sammy' Morrison, Milton Kibbee, David Gorcey, Donald Haines, Richard Terry, Wilbur Mack, Hazel Keener and Eugene Francis


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