Kid Dynamite (1943)

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EastSide boxing champion (Leo Gorcey) has been challenged to fight the West Side champ but is kidnapped before the match. Leo's friend (Bobby Jordan) takes his place and wins the fight only... See full summary »


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  • Pamela Blake, Gabriel Dell, David Durand, Kay Marvis, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, and Ray Miller in Kid Dynamite (1943)
  • David Durand, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, and Bobby Stone in Kid Dynamite (1943)
  • Benny Bartlett, Pamela Blake, Gabriel Dell, David Durand, Kay Marvis, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Ernest Morrison, and Bobby Stone in Kid Dynamite (1943)
  • Gabriel Dell, David Durand, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, and Bobby Stone in Kid Dynamite (1943)
  • Vince Barnett, Pamela Blake, Gabriel Dell, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Ernest Morrison, and Wheeler Oakman in Kid Dynamite (1943)
  • David Durand, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Ernest Morrison, and Bobby Stone in Kid Dynamite (1943)

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29 December 2005 | Snow Leopard
Solid Feature, & Also Interesting In Its Historical Context
Although the story in this East Side Kids feature would hold up well enough on its own, it is often supplemented by scenes or lines of dialogue designed to instill support for the Allied effort in the ongoing war effort against the Axis. In itself, it's a solid feature in the series with some good scenes, and with a little more substance than usual. The wartime influence now seems overt, but it is less so than it is in many other features of the early 1940s.

The story has Leo Gorcey as Muggs and Bobby Jordan as Danny involved in a long-running misunderstanding, prompted by Muggs's jealousy, while the gang also has to contend with some outside antagonists. The hostility of Muggs towards Danny, plus Danny's burst of independence, add a dimension missing in most of the movies in the series. Whereas Muggs is usually a likable trouble-maker and scamp, here he shows a less appealing side of his personality.

As is often the case, some of the best moments come when the gang is allowed to indulge themselves a little. The 'jitterbug' contest works particularly well, as an entertaining sequence that also has a point in the plot. The war-influenced message is certainly noticeable, but the movie as a whole is still worth seeing anyway. It's interesting that even the East Side Kids were seen as a vehicle for promoting patriotism during the war.

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