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Monday, July 01, 2013

Leo and Huntz Are Jungle Gents (1954)

Was The Mid-60's Too Late For an All-Night Bowery Boys Marathon?
Not in Winston-Salem, N.C.!

Greenbriar still learning to love the Bowery Boys, one rediscovered masterpiece at a time:

Sach develops facility for sniffing out diamonds and so sets the Bowery Boys upon Africa safari for lost mines, soundstage jungle a congenial backdrop for BB antics. Monogram continued this series well into Allied Artists respectability, revenue predictable as a rising sun. Walter Mirisch tells it well in his 2008 book, I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History. Exhibitors, especially in small towns, much preferred Bowery Boys over big-studio specials routinely nixed by a customer base on the dwindle. Drive-ins could fill their lot (and all-night schedule) as well on Gorcey/Hall happenings. Repeat corndog runs were encouraged by non-existent narrative of a typical Bowery Boys, another reason why showmen and concessioners liked them often. What with delight distraction of eating and social intercourse at crowded venues, the screen was a least compelling element of theatre-going, reason good as any for BB's continuing to play deep into the 60's and way past their release to TV. More than one showman asked why the Boys had quit; for the trade it was like herding off geese in midst of laying gold eggs. Any series to stay lit for over twenty years had to be doing something spectacularly right.

1 Comments:

Blogger Ralph Schiller said...

The demise of the long-running Bowery Boys movies after 21 years is confusing.

Huntz Hall was always bitter at Leo Gorcey for quitting the series after the death of his fathe Bernard Gorcey, who was the lovable Louis Dumbrowski, owner of Louis' Sweet Shop where the boys hung out. The boys made seven more without Leo Gorcey.

Even so I was told that audiences always burst into applause at the beginning of each film (all the way to the end of the series) when the theme song 'Hail, Hail The Gang's All Here!' kicked in.

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