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Hollywood's Made to Order Punks - Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys [Kindle Edition]

Richard Roat
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Book Description

Meet and become friends with many of the actors from the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys!

Since he began collecting Movie Memorabilia on the Dead End Kids in 1964, author Richard Roat has had the great fortune to develop personal relationships with David Gorcey, Stanley Clements, Gabe Dell, Bernard Punsly, Huntz Hall, Billy Benedict, Frankie Thomas, Eddie Le Roy, Brandy Gorcey (daughter of Leo Gorcey), Gary Hall (son of Huntz Hall), and Leo Gorcey Jr. (son of Leo Gorcey). This book draws upon those acquaintances and his talking with Billy Halop, Bennie Bartlett, Johnny Duncan, Ward Wood, Dick Chandlee, Eugene Francis, Harris Berger, Charles Peck, Ronald Sinclair, and more!

Lavished with many photos from the films from the author's personal collection, this is one book you'll need to have in your collection, tough guy!

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  • File Size: 16135 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (August 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041844SG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monumental achievement October 13, 2009
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If you are a fan of the boys, I assure you you will not be disappointed with this book. What to know what the actors did after leaving the series? It's here. Want terrific photos of the boys? It's here. Want behind the scenes information on the making of the movies? It's here. Want to learn little known but fascinating facts about the actors? It's here. Want to know what the critics wrote about the films when they were released? It's here. What places this above other film books is that the author knew many of his subjects personally, so you don't just get the facts, you get to know the actors better as people. Whether you love the Dead End Kids or Bowery Boys, or are a fan of all 4 film series, you cannot be without this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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For the longest time, Bowery Boys fans (and fans of their other incarnations) have had little in the way of home media to enjoy. The first major breakthrough happened in the late 80's with the release of "The Films of The Bowery Boys", a book authored by David Hayes and Brent Walker.
The Films of the Bowery Boys
This book is an excellent filmography. Biographies are a secondary feature.

Ten years later another book was published entitled: "From Broadway To The Bowery" by Len Getz.
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
It too is primarily a filmography. Biographies are more comprehensive than the aforementioned book but still remain a secondary feature.

Both books are excellent and rate 5 stars.

This book however highlights the lives of the actors (from major players to those making only one appearance)as told by someone who knew many of the actors personally. That someone is Richard Roat. He shares many of the experiences and conversations with his friends...former Bowery Boys. The bios are chock full of interesting anecdotes and surprises. Filmography takes a serious backseat to the great biographies that Richard presents to the reader. Each film is denoted by the review given by Variety.

If you are a fan, you must have this book. Even if you have either of the filmographies mentioned above (or like me...have both), you should get this book as a must-have companion.

Thank you Richard for sharing these personal stories and photos.

Now if we can only get Warner Brothers to release these films on DVD...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywoods made-to-order punks: The dead end kids November 9, 2009
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The book and pictures are phenomenal! Take a cup of coffee and just spend the afternoon reading and looking at the memorabilia. There is no lack of pictures, Roat did a superb job with this book. I certainly had an enjoyable trip down memory lane and I learned a lot on the trip. The book is well written and easy to read. The reader gets lost in the memories of the years gone by. This book would make a wonderful gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Hollywood's Made-to-Order Punks: The Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery BoysVery complete, easy to read with facts most common people will not know.
Brings the boys to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and Travel Through Time January 15, 2010
East Side Kid Mendy Koenig and Leo's daughter Brandy highlight the early part of the book with honest and revealing comments. Once you get started, your eyes will be fixed to some of the most amazing biographies of the Boys.

I was stunned by the tons of pictures featured in the 230 + pages. Amazing facts about a bunch of talented kids performing for audiences from the 1930s on, and, between two cups of coffee, you sense the maturity as the kids grow up and make, sometimes difficult decisions about their future.

I enjoyed reading the book which is a must for all connoisseurs or not, with many facts since the author spent time with some of them.


Mike from Montreal
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 30, 2012
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Yes, there are extensive biographies of all the actors appearing as Kids/Little Guys/Boys. They are simply quick overviews and tell you nothing more than you can find out almost anywhere. There are quite a few pictures, many publicity shots and all of them posed. I was hoping for something more. There are no interesting stories involving the actors either on the set or in their personal lives. Where did they go? What did they do? How did they get along with each other and their adult co-stars? Likes, dislikes? There's nothing here. I wanted something more in depth, to learn more about the people who made such enjoyable films for over two decades. Sadly disappointing that this book fell far short of expectations.
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