Boys Town (1938)
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Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan--then promptly turned the statuette over to the real Father Flanagan out of gratitude. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Unable to raise funds through "proper" channels, Flanagan finds that his staunchest supporters are the workaday folks who have faith in him; none is stauncher than Jewish pawnbroker Henry
Sep 9, 1938 Wide
Nov 8, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment
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Tracy, showing necessary restraint, makes his portrayal of Flanagan sincere and human.
Mickey Rooney is a hard case, but eventually he cracks -- as will you, under the relentless, flat sentimentality of Norman Taurog's direction.
There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing.
A dated but entertaining tale of friendship
At the time, the real-life Flanagan complained that MGM made Boys Town look so neat, clean, and well managed that he had trouble raising money for the center
Shameless but effective weepie about wayward orphans
Tracy is always good -- was he ever bad in a film in his entire career?
Superior high-minded 'quality' movie, but in its heart it's a soap opera.
A classic with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney squaring off magnificently.
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