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With: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds, Edward Norris, Addison Richards, Minor Watson, Jonathan Hale, Bobs Watson, Martin Spellman, Mickey Rentschler, Frankie Thomas, Jimmy Butler, Sidney Miller
Written by: John Meehan, Dore Schary, based on a story by Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin
Directed by: Norman Taurog
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 93
Date: 09/08/1938

Boys Town (1938)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Good 'Boys'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Norman Taurog's Boys Town, Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for his hearty portrayal of Father Flanagan, a priest who established the title organization to help troubled boys, while Mickey Rooney chews the scenery as his most difficult delinquent. There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing. The disc also comes with a sequel, Men of Boys Town (1941), a short and a trailer.

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