Monday, July 07, 2014

Boys and Tough Guys of the City

I worked early today, at 11. It wasn't nearly as busy as it has been. It was off-and-on steady for most of the afternoon, and we had tons of help up front. They had trouble getting help elsewhere, though. I stayed an extra hour to shelve light bulbs, shampoo, lotion, insect spray, and sponges. The weather helped. It's supposed to get much hotter starting today, and indeed, it was hot and humid when I finally got out around 5.

As soon as I got in, I changed into regular clothes, then finished News Hounds, which I started this morning. This Bowery Boys movie has Slip and Sach as a sports reporter and photographer respectively for a major paper. Slip catches a major horse race betting scandal, but Sach loses the camera with the photographic evidence. Their friend Gabe, sore with the gangsters who worked him over, turns in Slip's article to get even. Now Slip and the others have to find that camera, or the paper faces a huge lawsuit and Slip and Sach will lose their jobs!

Switched to Angels With Dirty Faces as I made salmon with mushrooms, steamed snap peas, and fresh strawberries for dinner. James Cagney is Rocky Sullivan, a hoodlum who returns to the slums where he grew up and was sent to reform school. Pat O'Brian is the priest who was once his best friend. Ann Southern is his girl, who owns his boarding house and also grew up with him. The Dead End Kids are local street toughs who admire Cagney. O'Brian wants to keep them on the straight and narrow, but they see the riches the gangsters are making the easy way. Humphery Bogart is the corrupt lawyer who skims the books. A spectacular showdown leads to Rocky ending up in prison...and his priest friend trying to convince him to do the right thing and not make his lifestyle look good to the kids... Strong Warners melodrama with great performances by everyone involved, especially real-life best buddies Cagney and O'Brian.

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