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Hollywood's Made to Order Punks - Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys by [Roat, Richard]
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  • File Size: 36672 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (August 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041844SG
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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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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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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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What makes this book so special is that the Author actually sought out surviving members of "The Dead End Kids,Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys". Just about all of them were approachable except those who couldn't be found and there was one who didn't want to be bothered about his past. I bought the kindle edition and the picture on the cover is out of focus and there are quite a few typos and half finished sentences. Having said that I am glad I purchased this book! It is a treasure chest of info, biographies of actors who appeared in the different franchises,back stories of what was happening during the time the Movies were made. Mr. Roat wrote letters and phoned many of the actors cold [with out a introduction by some one they knew] and all were very cordial and real friendships developed and He was able to reacquaint actors who hadn't seen each other in decades. I understand He has written a a 2nd volume to this book which is probably as good as this one.
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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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A book like this should have been made 30 to 40 years ago. Personally, I became a fan of the Dead End Kids after I watched the first movie Dead End (1937) in the 1980's. They began playing many of the movies on late-night television then.
After doing some research at the library and later reading an older version of Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide), I was delighted to discover the young actors had made many sequels as The Dead End Kids (1937-43). Billy Halop and Huntz Hall moved on to The Little Tough Guys films with some of the gang and Leo Gorcey and Bobby Jordan with others became The East Side Kids (1940-45). Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell joined later. Then the gang changed title again and were known as The Bowery Boys (1946-58).
For a total of 86 movies and 3 serials from 1937 to 1958 we have enjoyed these rambunctious teenagers and some all the way into their 30's. Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall were the age of 38 when they made their last film with the gang.

I know that author, Richard Roat worked hard on this book doing interviews with family members, endless research and gathering photos for many years. The book has 236 pages.
There is a forward with Mendi Koenig and Brandy Gorcey-Ziesemer.
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