Off the Record (1939)

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Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket... See full summary »


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19 June 2019 | bkoganbing
| Reporters adopt an orphan
Pat O'Brien and Joan Blondell play a pair of reporters in Off The Record who take in young Bobby Jordan after his guardian and brother Alan Baxter is picked up o a gambling rap. In fact Baxter is taking a fall for an Arnold Rothstein type of character Morgan Conway. It leaves Jordan in a state orphan asylum for which he blames the reporters.

Eventually as they do in all these city tough kid films made back in the day Jordan does soften especially after they find something that interests him.

Some plot elements from Boystown are found here. Bobby Jordan who usually is in the pack in support of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall in those East Side Kid/Bowery Boys films for maybe the only time in his career Jordan is the main protagonist in a movie. He does well, just like Mickey Rooney in Boys Town.

O'Brien and Blondell play their typical characters as well. Their fans should be pleased.

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