Boy Slaves (1939)

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A runaway follows the leader of a gang of boys, and they all wind up working in a turpentine camp.


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14 September 2019 | happytrigger-64-390517
| boys on the run
"Boy Slaves" is the first movie by James Mc Callion, the tough kid who plays the lead of the young hobos : he plays and looks perfectly like James Cagney in every scene, and some are quite tough like during their final escape. But there are too many scenes in the "East Side Kids" or "Bowery Boys" lousy comic style. I'll have to check his characters in classics like "Vera Cruz", "The Big Combo", "Kiss me deadly". And there's the lovely Anne Shirley, only girl in the gang, before her ultimate character in "Murder, my sweet".

It's also the only movie directed by PJ Wolfson who will be after a screenwriter and producer (the very good "Saïgon" with Ladd-Lake).

The cinematography is by J. Roy Hunt who lightened a few noirs like "Crossfire" and "The devil rides a thumb". In "Boy slaves", he did a fine work with travellings and light effects in the last trial scene.

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2 February 1939



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