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Men of Boys Town

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Men of Boys Town
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Screenplay byJames Kevin McGuinness
Based onLife of Father Edward J. Flanagan and "Boys Town"
Produced byJohn W. Considine Jr.
StarringSpencer Tracy
Mickey Rooney
Bobs Watson
Larry Nunn
Darryl Hickman
Henry O'Neill
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byFrederick Y. Smith
Ben Lewis
Music byHerbert Stothart
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • April 11, 1941 (1941-04-11)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,166,000[1]

Men of Boys Town is a 1941 American drama film directed by Norman Taurog and written by James Kevin McGuinness. It is a sequel to the 1938 film Boys Town. The film stars Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Bobs Watson, Larry Nunn, Darryl Hickman and Henry O'Neill. The film was released on April 11, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[2][3]

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Mr. and Mrs. Maitland, a childless couple, invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in a car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and both boys go to reform school. (This is where the movie takes a darker tone as it depicts, using indirect camera angles, the physical abuse the boys suffer in detention at the facility). Father Flanagan exposes the conditions in the school and the boys are released to him. The Maitlands work to pay off the debts threatening Boys Town.



Critics singled out Darryl Hickman's performance, saying his juvenile delinquent character was "almost running away with Men of Boys Town right under Mickey Rooney's nose".[4] The film was a hit and became the ninth most popular film at the United States box office in 1941.[5] According to MGM records the film earned $2,009,000 in the US and Canada and $1,157,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $1,269,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1941-04-11). "Movie Review – The Screen; Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney Seen in Familiar Roles in 'Men of Boys Town' at Capitol". NY Times. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. ^ "Men of Boys Town (1941) – Overview". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  4. ^ "Theaters". Mansfield News Journal. Mansfield, Ohio. April 13, 1944 – via access
  5. ^ "FILM MONEY-MAKERS SELECTED BY VARIETY: ' Sergeant York' Top Picture, Gary Cooper Leading Star". The New York Times. 31 Dec 1941. p. 21.

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