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Boys Town / Men of Boys Town [DVD] [1938] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOYS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.
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I saw this movie as a youngster, and based on true facts its a powerful and emotional portrayal of how one man's love and devotion drove him to make the lives of young kids a better world to live in. Make sure you have plenty of tissue close at hand to dry your tears.
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WHAT THRILL TO HAVE THESE BOTH MOVIES ON ONE DISK THE AGE OF THE PICTURE 1938 WELL JUST AS IT WAS MADE TODAY SOUND CLEAR -PICTURE CLEAR TWO GOOD ACTORS OF THERE TIME, AND IT TRUE STORY AND LITTLE NEWS REAL ABOUT THE PICTURE IT SELF REALLY WORTH IT
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Due to there not being a separate listing for the later film here on the UK site, I have had to use the listing for both films in the brace of films to do a review purely for the later release.

This film (Men of Boys Town) is a little gem that deserves far more outings than it seems to get these days, but if they don't show its bigger brother much, they aint going to show this, which is a shame.

The film relies (and succeeds) heavily on the bad / disadvantaged orphan straying off the straight and narrow, then being coaxed back onto the right path by the 'Been there, know the score, now get with it' routine; who else could fill this role but Micky Rooney? And to avoid too much of the sweet faced sickly, Pal Joey ' I'll make it - cough cough - , don't worry about me ' shenanikins, who else but crater faced Tracy for the job of counter-balancing the unavoidable shmaltzy corn? Soft but tough at the same time, as was the real person upon whom these films were inspired, employing tactics previously used by Cagney in 'Angels.....,' beating the kids to every sneaky trick ending with a kick up the backside.

Actually, there's a little twist where Father Flanagan (Tracy) himself strays off the path, and has to be mildly censured and brought back in line by Dave Morris (Lee J Cobb). The best part of this film is the fantastic slow motion wrestling routine put on by Whitey and the older boys as part of a review for visitng dignitaries. So, if you see this on DVD, buy it, you won't regret it.
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This film is a classic which was enjoyed by my parents' generation as well as my own. By modern standards it is probably dated and even corny, but if you know how to get in "the zone" the magic is there!!!
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What can you say; this is a classic tear jerker with Mickey Rooney at his best. You rarely see this film on TV so to find it on video is a rare find.
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I can still remember how I cried the first time I saw this film and time has not made it less heartcatching. Both Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney are excelent.
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when the DVD arrived 'Boys Town' was not on the DVD. Two copoies of 'Men Of Boys Town' the sequal is on either side.

I contacted the seller who passed the buck to Amazon...

WARNING DO NOT AT ALL COSTS USE THIS SELLER...

sincerley

Heather Mallard (Disgusted buyer)
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