Boys Town (1938)

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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... See full summary »

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28 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Tracy's Oscar
Boys Town (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Spencer Tracy won his second of back to back Oscar for his performance here as Father Flanagan, a man who's dream is to create a home for abused and troubled boys. This film here seems to take a beating due to its over sentimental aspects but I don't see anything wrong with it. Yes, the sentimental aspects are a little over the top at times but this is still a pretty powerful film and Tracy is brilliant in his role. The scene with Pee Wee and Mickey Rooney is perfectly done and quite touching and the film's heart is in the right place. Henry Hull co-stars.

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