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  • TBC
  • Drama
  • 1938
  • 96 mins

Boys Town

Boys Town


Tracy won his second Oscar here playing the Catholic priest Father Flannigan who set up a school and home for juvenile boys. The film documents how he is touched by the plight of the young thugs around him and decides to offer them a chance in life and looks at the relationship he builds up with tough kid Whitey (18-year-old Rooney) who shows weakness only when he sees his best friend hit by a car.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Spencer Tracy, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Edward Norris, Mickey Rooney, Gene Reynolds
  • Director: Norman Taurog
  • Writer: Dore Schary, john Meehan, Eleanor Griffin
  • Producer: John W Considine Jr
  • Photographer: Sidney Wagner

In a nutshell

In the 30s, this sort of sentimentality was celebrated (the movies got a writing Oscar) but these days you might gag at some of the more saccharine aspects.

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