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- Bonus movie sequel: Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney in Men of Boys Town (1941)
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Top Customer Reviews
"Boys Town", was planned as one of MGM Studios biggest productions for 1938 and having Spencer Tracy play the famous priest was an inspired piece of casting if ever there was. Tracy actually built up a reputation for his roles as a priest from his earlier work in "San Francisco". It indeed would be hard to find a better marriage of actor and role than we have here with Spencer Tracy and Father Flanagan. Playing the Priest as a caring, warm and endlessly optimistic man Spencer Tracy also injects the character with enough toughness and inner drive to make him a believable person who at times questions his own judgement and inner faith.Read more ›
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Bill Ford - Southern California - August 2003
And "Boys Town" is the sort of old B&W Hollywood Catholicism, like "On the Waterfront" or "The Song of Bernadette," that simply glows with life on the screen regardless of the passage of time. Based on the true story of Father Edward Flanagan's founding of "Boys Town" for homeless and unwanted children in 1917 Nebraska, the movie won Academy Awards for its story and for Best Actor (Spencer Tracy as Flanagan) in 1938, when the real Father Flanagan was still alive to see it. But it still holds up well today as a timeless story of undisciplined boyhood getting refined by the love of one's fellow man. Its depiction of struggling children in an economically depressed United States (1917 in the film, 1938 when it was made) feels particularly topical in a post-Occupy Wall Street world.
The film contains great child acting (particularly Mickey Rooney as a troubled youth at the story's center) in addition to the strikingly compassionate performance by Spencer Tracy, who is so natural in this Oscar-winning role that he does not appear to be acting. Although he's playing a larger-than-life Catholic priest, Tracy's character is so subtle and understated (his eyes do much of the acting at times) that his few moments of action carry tremendous power, revealing a deeply rooted determination and dedication in Father Flanagan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic movie, ordered for my Father-in-Law. He absolutely loves this movie. After sitting down and watching it with him, I agree that this should be an all-time classic. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MonkeyFeathers '14
All time classic. Had to see it before going to Boys Town for work. They don't make movie like they use toPublished 1 month ago by Sharon Finlon
I love this movie! It has a great message. I wish there were more movies like this nowadaysPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer