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From Broadway to the Bowery: A History and Filmography of the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and Bowery Boys Films, with Cast Biographies Hardcover – August 22, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0786425358 ISBN-10: 0786425350

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786425350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786425358
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,328,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leonard Getz CPA, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers such as Lifestyles, Inside, Nostalgia Scrapbook, and Jewish Exponent. He was also an interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Oral History Foundation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If you are a true fan buy this book.
Andrew Vancott
One fond memory I have of growing up in the early 70's is that every Saturday afternoon, one of our local TV stations used to play a Bowery Boys movie.
Tim Janson
From Broadway to the Bowery is a book long awaited for any Dead End/East Side Kids and Bowery Boys fans.
Mallorie Parkinson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One fond memory I have of growing up in the early 70's is that every Saturday afternoon, one of our local TV stations used to play a Bowery Boys movie. My brothers and I loved the boys and their antics and we were blithely unaware that these "boys" were actually pushing forty by the time they were making their last few movies in the late 1950's. Long panned by critics, the Bowery Boys/East Side Kids were never setting out to compete for the Academy Award. They were merely trying to make wholesome, innocent fun, and at that, they were wildly successful.

From Broadway to the Bowery by McFarland Books, chronicles the career of the group from the earliest appearance in 1935's gritty drama "Dead End" to their final picture, "In the Money" released nearly 25 years later in 1958, 91 films in all. For me, the book was quite educational. I wasn't aware that the Kids first few pictures were also crime dramas. Films such as "Crime School" and "Angels with Dirty Faces" showed the East Siders at their youngest, and most abrasive, still several years before they would develop into the lovable bunch of delinquents I knew and loved.

Another fact which came as a surprise to me was how the group split, with one faction becoming The Little Tough Guys for a series of films at universal, and the other group heading to the low-rent district of Monogram Films as The East Side Kids. This included the separating of Leo and David Gorcey. Interestingly, it is the Monogram films that seem to be better re-called today, in part due to the teamings with horror star Bela Lugosi in "Spooks Run Wild" and "Ghosts on the Loose".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mallorie Parkinson on December 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
From Broadway to the Bowery is a book long awaited for any Dead End/East Side Kids and Bowery Boys fans. Getz's book finally fills in the missing pieces and gaps of these boys to men lives through out their humble beginning on broadway to their turbulent years in Hollywood to their tumultous lives after the spotlights have all grown cold. Getz's book opens us to their world not only personally but professionally as well. We also find out about the secondary characters such as Billy Benedict and Hally Chester. we are transformed back into a time when Boys/Men honored a handshake, fought with their fists, honored their friendships and families and learned to overcome hardships thrown onto them because of their placement in society, after all not everyone can be rich. We see their life struggles, failures and triumphs. We see them as human beings and not just celluloid heroes of yesteryear. Len Getz's book is a great addition to anyone's library and especially fans to the saturday matinee.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Scolnic on November 20, 2006
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Leonard Getz shares his affection for these early movie tough guys in this throughly researched book. Filled with great photos and lots of facts, this books is a must read for any fan of the Dead End Kids, the Bowery Boys and films of that genre.
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By Andrew Vancott on March 15, 2014
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I can remember watching The Bowery Boys every Sunday morning on channel 5 in New York. This book very thourougly covers their careers form Broadway to Hollywood. The filmography is excellent and even covers the serials they appeared in. The cast biographies were wonderful - Was sorry to read about Leo Gorcey's personnal life and problems with marriage and alcholism and that he passed away at a young age of 51. I can also remember watching The Corner Bar with Gabe Dell - Huntz Hall was in one episode. If you are a true fan buy this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nick pignato on April 10, 2007
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If you are a fan of the Bowery Boys,this book is a must buy.
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