It was made nearly seventy years ago, but it does more for me than most of the films made now. It is sentimental by today's standards, even a little too cloying for me in places, but I defy you to watch it dry eyed. It is amazing what you can do in black and white with no CGI.
It tells the true story of a priest who started a home for boys in Omaha Nebraska. His simple faith, and belief that there is no such thing as a bad boy overcomes many obstacles.
Spencer Tracy plays Father Flanagan, and picked up an Oscar for his performance. It made him the first person to win a main Oscar in two consecutive years, having won for 'Captains Courageous' in 1937. Mickey Rooney also does a star turn, as a scallywag that you just know is going to come right in Boys Town.
You get the follow up film 'Men Of Boys Town' from 1941, on the other side of the disc, which reunintes much of the original cast. Also there is a short feature about the work of the real Father Flanagan, and how his organisation has developed.
Maybe it is a bit primative by modern standards, but anyone with a heart cannot fail to be moved by the simple sincerity of this old movie.