Cast & Crew
Joseph H. Lewis
Old horseman Ben brings his beloved thoroughbred Bluenight to New York from Kentucky in hopes of developing him into a championship racer. Because the old man is down on his luck, the East Side boys offer to provide a makeshift quarters for Bluenight, and Algy Wilkes persuades his father to put up the entrance fee for the horse. Muggs Malone, an aspiring but untested jockey, rides Bluenight in the race, but loses his nerve on the track, causing Bluenight to trail in the field. Seated in the stands is Morgan, a respected trainer, who recognizes the horse's ability and urges Mr. Wilkes to race the horse with an experienced jockey. However, Muggs insists upon doing the riding, and his pals induce Mr. Wilkes to give him another chance. Complications arise the night before the race when Nick, a crooked bookie, tries to sabotage Bluenight. The boys discover the plot and save the horse, but the next day, Muggs realizes that he cannot guide the horse to victory. With the use of his fists, he convinces jockey Jimmy Sullivan to take his place, and Bluenight finishes the race the winner.
Joseph H. Lewis
Sunshine Sammy Morrison
Richard R. Terry
That Gang of Mine
On the heels of the Dead End Kids movies of the late 1930s and running concurrent with other versions (the Bowery Boys would come later), the East Side Kids incarnation usually dealt with the street urchins' comedic conflict with society and neighborhood crime. After more than a dozen films, the last East Side Kids movie was released in 1945. The roots of the original series began with the Broadway play Dead End in 1935. The kid actors on stage were hired for the movie version with Humphrey Bogart and then were launched into serials of their own.
Many of the usual characters across the series appear in That Gang of Mine: Leo Gorcey as Muggs Maloney, his brother David Gorcey as Peewee, Bobby Jordan as Danny Dolan, "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as Scruno, and Dave O'Brien -- who would win an Emmy decades later for writing for Red Skelton -- as Knuckles Dolan. A notable absence in this movie is Huntz Hall, one of the most popular performers of all the series.
Despite the usual low budget for these films, director Joseph H. Lewis was able to capture some heart-thumping horse-racing action in That Gang of Mine. A veteran of numerous B-Westerns for Universal, Lewis was nicknamed "Wagon Wheel Joe" early in his career, supposedly for his tendency to frame shots through the spokes of a wagon wheel. Lewis later returned to horse territory as he became popular as a television director of Western shows, helming many episodes of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Big Valley.
The majority of the child and teen stars of That Gang of Mine and the related serials could not match their early success and either abandoned their Hollywood careers or were reduced to playing bit parts in TV shows and movies as they got older. But in the early 90's, the Dead End Kids received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the surviving cast members of That Gang of Mine and their family members on hand.
Producer: Sam Katzman, Pete Mayer
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Screenplay: William Lively, Alan Whitman (story)
Cinematography: Robert E. Cline, Harvey Gould
Film Editing: Carl Pierson
Art Direction: Fred Preble
Cast: Bobby Jordan (Danny Dolan), Leo Gorcey (Muggs Maloney), Clarence Muse (Ben), Dave O'Brien (Knuckles Dolan), Joyce Bryant (Louise), Ernest Morrison (Scruno).
by Amy Cox
That Gang of Mine
This picture was the third in Monogram's "The East Side Kids" series. For additional information about the series, see entry for rime School , East Side Kids and consult the Series Index for "The Dead End Kids," "The East Side Kids" and "The Little Tough Guys."