Jan Grippo for Monogram
directed by William Beaudine
starring the Bowery Boys (= Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict, David Gorcey), Julie Gibson, Russell Simpson, Minerva Urecal, Norman Willis, Iron Eyes Cody, Bernard Gorcey, Rosa Turich, Chief Yowlachie, Sherman Sanders, Billy Wilkerson, Jack O'Shea, Cathy Carter, Snub Pollard, Bud Osborne, Suzanne Ridgeway
written by Tim Ryan, Edmond Seward, Jerry Warner, music by Edward J. Kay
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The Bowery Boys (Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, William 'Billy' Benedict, David Gorcey)
hang out in Louie's (Bernard Gorcey) Sweet Shop when a sheriff (Russell
Simpson) from the West arrives on horseback, looking for Louie (who has
since taken a powder). From Louie the boys learn that he's a wanted killer
somewhere out West, but he claims he didn't do it but was framed by a
character called Blackjack (Norman Willis), and since he has hidden out
here in NYC and doesn't dare to go back, even if he has a treasure map
tattooed onto his back, a treasure that was promised to little Katherine
20 years ago.
The boys are quick to copy the treature map onto Sach's
(Huntz Hall) back, then take to the West ... where Sach is quick to give
the secret of the treasure map on his back away and is kidnapped by
Blackjack and gang, but the map is accidently washed off his back. The
rest of the boys come to Sach's rescue but always seem to bungle things
up, and it's only thanks to Gabe (Gabriel Dell) that they eventually win
the trust of Blackjack ... though he's sure that one of the boys has the
map on his back and tries to figure which one - but eventually, they
manage to lure him into a trap and confess to the murder, and the boy even
find baby Katherine (Julie Gibson), now an attractive bar singer. And
since Louie is ultimately forced to join them out West (where he's
vindicated), they also get their hands on the map and all ends happily ...
until back in Louie's Sweet Shop, Sach awakens from one of his daydreams
Minerva Urecal plays the female Marshal of the region.
ok Bowery Boys-comedy that's not especially great on story
or execution, but at least features a few funny setpieces - especially the
scene where Leo Gorcey pretends to be a tough guy (which he clearly is
not) crossing a street and
entering a saloon is surely laugh-worthy. In all, the jokes are of a
hit-or-miss quality, but as long as you watch it, the whole thing's at
least light-footed enough to be amusing. The boys though sure were in
better movies - but truth to be told, also in a lot worse.