Boy of the Streets

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Released 1937

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Director:
William Nigh
Released:
1937
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Boy of the Streets is a classic drama from 1937 that takes a look at inner-city America during the great depression. The film stars a young Jackie Cooper as Chuck, a sixteen-year-old Irish gang leader in New York. Chuck competes daily with his father (Guy Usher), who is a powerful city official. The teenager soon falls for Nora (Maureen O'Connor) and gets her a job at a nightclub. Nora needs the money to care for her sick mother. Unfortunately, Chuck's help backfires after a social worker (Eva McKenzie) takes her way for working at a bar as a minor. This is the first of many problems Chuck faces in the next few days. His friend Spike (Paul White) dies after trying to save his life. The guilt drives him to take work with a local mobster (Matty Fain). Afterwards, Chuck breaks into a Laundromat and gets involved in a shooting with a cop (Robert Emmett O'Connor). The boy must soon find a way out before he hits adulthood or the underworld may force him to lead a life a crime forever.moreless

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Classics, Crime