Blondie: The Movie Series
Ma and Pa Kettle (with info and movie orders)
The Dead End Kids were five young actors and one ex-plumber's assistant, from New York who appeared in Sidney Kingsley's play Dead End in 1935 on Broadway. They were then imported en masse to Hollywood by William Wyler in 1937 when he filmed the play, and proved to be so popular that they remained as a more or less viable entity until their final film (as the Bowery Boys) in 1958.
The original kids from the play were Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Charles Duncan, Bernard Punsly and Gabriel Dell. Sometime during the original run, Duncan was replaced in the role of Spit by his understudy, Leo B. Gorcey, who went on to achieve fame as the resident weasel and wise guy. Gorcey later became better known as Muggs in Monogram's East Side Kids series, and as Slip Mahoney when Monogram Studios (now known as Allied Artists) changed the group to the Bowery Boys.
Following the success of Dead End, the kids (who were by nature rambunctious) ended up at Warner Bros. where they made several more films, most of which are considered to be the best they made as a group, especially Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), and They Made Me A Criminal (1939). During this period they established their reputations for hell-raising and studio demolishing. The group (minus Gorcey) also worked at Universal between 1938-1943. During this time they worked with another group of young actors who were billed as the Little Tough Guys, Universal's own entry into the juvenile delinquent genre, one of whom was Gorcey's brother David, and another, Charles Duncan, was originally cast in the role of Spit in the original play. They made several films for Universal before throwing in the towel in 1943. By this time, Jordan had left the Dead End Kids series to co-star with Gorcey in the East Side Kids films for Monogram, and both Hall and Dell were busy working in both series.
The group added the term dead end kid to the language as it came to refer to any group of troublesome, boisterous youths, and they became forever typecast in their roles, which may have led to the numerous problems and run-ins they subsequently had over the years with the authorities.
The Dead End Kids' have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. As of 1999, Huntz Hall and Bernard Punsly were the last surviving members of The Dead End Kids. Huntz Hall died in 1999 and Bernard Punsly died in 2004.
The Dead Ends Kids were: Billy Halop (Tommy), Huntz Hall (Dippy), Bobby Jordan (Angel), Leo Gorcey (Spit), Gabriel Dell (T.B.) and Bernard Punsly (Milty).
The Films of The Dead End Kids: Dead End 1937, Crime School 1938, Angels With Dirty Faces 1938, Little Tough Guy 1938, They Made Me A Criminal 1939, Hell's Kitchen 1939, The Angels Wash Their Faces 1939, The Dead End Kids On Dress Parade 1939
As "The Little Tough Guys & Dead End Kids": Call a Messenger 1939, You're Not So Tough 1940, Junior G-Men 1940, Give Us Wings 1940, Hit The Road 1941 Sea Raiders 1941, Mob Town 1941, Junior G-Men of the Air 1942, Tough As They Come 1942, Mug Town 1943, Keep 'Em Slugging 1943
During their cinematic career, the leader role shifted from Halop to Jordan, who returned to the series after leaving in 1940 to take over the role of Tom, the gang leader, in their last film.
The East Side Kids were one of the off-shoots from the original Dead End Kids series of films, and contained several of the original gang members who appeared in the series from time to time, most notably: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan and Gabriel Dell. After the first few films Gorcey emerged as the official leader, and second-banana/featured kid status shifted originally from Jordan to Hall who joined the gang in 1941.
The original gang in Monogram's East Side Kids 1940 didn't feature any of the Dead End Kids, and was composed primarily of juvenile actors from Universal's Little Tough Guys series. Later that year Gorcey and Jordan were cast in featured roles and were usually abetted in their anarchistic mayhem by Gorcey's brother David, and Sunshine Sammy Morrison (interestingly, this character, who was black, was on an equal footing with the others, which was certainly unusual for the forties), as well as a rotating cast from Universal's former series.
In the first few films, Dave O'Brien (Mish-Mash the Muttonhead from the Pete Smith shorts) played Jordan's older brother Knuckles Dolan, who always seemed to be getting roped into chaperoning the kids from adventure to adventure. The membership roster changed from film to film, until after Huntz Hall joined in 1941, when it more or less stabilized. Their films weren't as prestigious as the ones they'd made as the Dead End Kids, but were popular nonetheless, enough so that they were spun off in 1946 (when it was obvious even to the studios that they were no longer "kids") into the Bowery Boys, as whom they toiled until 1958.
The East Side Kids were, on the whole, less threatening than the original Dead Enders were, and most of their later films were played for comedy rather than social relevance. It was here that Gorcey's tough guy persona was crystalized, as well as Huntz Hall's second banana goofball identity, and this is the series that most fans of the genre most readily recall.
The original Dead End Kids were usually led by Billy Halop (though Jordan took over the leader role in the final Universal film), but both the East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys were led by Gorcey whose Muggs McGinnes (the spelling would vary from film to film) and later, Slip Mahoney, became known for his often hilarious use of malapropisms and trademark fedora with the turned up brim. Likewise, Huntz Hall's addled knucklehead (Gimpty, Glimpy, and finally Sach) became his trademark complete with baseball cap and non-sequiturs.
Neither Halop nor Bernard Punsly (now a doctor) appeared in either the East Side Kids or Bowery Boys series, just as Gorcey never appeared with the Little Tough Guys in the Universal films.
The Bowery Boys Scrapbook [VHS] VHS
The best of the Bowery Boys, AKA Dead End Kids, AKA the East Side Kids. Whatever their names, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Jordan, et al. were comedic champions whose slapstick, streetwise antics will leave you laughing. 60 min.
Bowery Boys Trailers [VHS] VHS
Previews of the Bowery Boys' funniest films, featuring Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey and the rest of the zany crew. See slapstick wackiness from their greatest previews. 60 min.
The East Side Kids Gift Set (10-DVD Set) [DVD] DVD
Packaged in a hardbound, cloth-covered case, this 10-disc set includes "Boys of the City," "That Gang of Mine," "Spooks Run Wild," "Bowery Blitzkrieg, "'Neath the Brooklyn Bridge," "Mr. Wise Guy," "Smart Alecks," "Clancy Street Boys," "Kid Dynamite," and "Million Dollar Kid."
Dead End [DVD](1937) DVD
Dead End [VHS](1937) VHS
Angels With Dirty Faces [DVD](1938) DVD
They Made Me A Criminal [DVD](1939) DVD
They Made Me A Criminal [VHS](1939) VHS
Boys Of The City [VHS](1940) VHS
That Gang Of Mine [VHS](1940) VHS
Pride Of The Bowery [VHS](1940) VHS
Boys Of The City [DVD](1940) DVD
Pride Of The Bowery [DVD](1940) DVD
That Gang Of Mine [DVD](1940) DVD
Flying Wild [VHS](1941) VHS
Flying Wild [DVD](1941) DVD
Spooks Run Wild [DVD](1941) DVD
Smart Alecks [DVD](1941) DVD
Bowery Blitzkrieg [DVD](1941) DVD
Bowery Blitzkrieg [VHS](1941) VHS
Spooks Run Wild [VHS](1941) VHS
Smart Alecks [VHS](1942) VHS
'Neath The Brooklyn Bridge [VHS](1942) VHS
Let's Get Tough [VHS](1942) VHS
Mr. Wise Guy [VHS](1942) VHS
Let's Get Tough [DVD](1942) DVD
Mr. Wise Guy [DVD](1942) DVD
'Neath The Brooklyn Bridge [DVD](1942) DVD
Clancy Street Boys [DVD](1943) DVD
Ghosts On The Loose [DVD](1943) DVD
Ghosts On The Loose [DVD](1943) DVD
Kid Dynamite [DVD](1943) DVD
Clancy Street Boys [VHS](1943) VHS
Ghosts On The Loose [VHS](1943) VHS
Kid Dynamite [VHS](1943) VHS
Million Dollar Kid [VHS](1944) VHS
Million Dollar Kid [DVD](1944) DVD
Midnight Manhunt [DVD](1945) DVD
Midnight Manhunt [VHS](1945) VHS
Mr. Hex [VHS](1946) VHS
Hard Boiled Mahoney [VHS](1947) VHS
Here Come The Marines [VHS](1952) VHS
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Blondie, Vols. 1 & 2 [DVD]
Two-disc collector's set includes "Blondie, Vol. 1" and "Blondie, Vol. 2."
The East Side Kids Gift Set (10-DVD Set) [DVD]
Packaged in a hardbound, cloth-covered case, this 10-disc set includes "Boys of the City," "That Gang of Mine," "Spooks Run Wild," "Bowery Blitzkrieg, "'Neath the Brooklyn Bridge," "Mr. Wise Guy," "Smart Alecks," "Clancy Street Boys," "Kid Dynamite," and "Million Dollar Kid." The series became The Bowery Boys in 1946.
The Adventures Of Ma And Pa Kettle, Vol. 1 [DVD]
First, the hillbilly husband and wife played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride are introduced in the all-time favorite barnyard comedy "The Egg and I" (1947), with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. Then, the Kettle clan is about to be run out of their home until Pa wins "the home of the future" in a slogan-writing contest in "Ma and Pa Kettle" (1949). AKA: "The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle." The Kettles find themselves in New York where they unwittingly help a crook on the lam in "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town" (1950). Finally, Ma and Pa head back to the homestead when they think there's uranium on the premises in "Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" (1951).
The Little Rascals Collection [DVD]
Five-disc boxed set includes the silent shorts "Dogs of War" (1923), "Derby Day" (1923), "Stage Fright" (1923), "The Sundown Limited" (1924), "The Pirates (1923), "Mary, Queen of Tots" (1925), and "The Fourth Alarm" (1926); the sound comedies "School's Out" (1930), "Bear Shooters" (1930), "Our Gang Follies of 1938" (1937), and "Waldo's Last Stand" (1940); the gang's '50s TV reunion on "You Asked for It"; and the documentary "Kid Stuff: Inside Hollywood's Child Stars."
The Abbott And Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection: Season One [DVD](1952)
All 26 episodes from the first season--including "The Drug Store," "Lou's Birthday Party," "Hungry," "Bingo the Chimp," and "Safari"--are featured in this five-disc set (1948).
The Marx Brothers Collection [DVD]
First, Groucho, Harpo, and Chico spend "A Night at the Opera" (1935) where they try to help two young singers get their start. Then, it's "A Day at the Races" (1937) for quick-witted horse doc Groucho; and the brothers find laughs and intrigue in "A Night in Casablanca" (1946). Also included in this laugh-packed collection are four exclusive titles. In "Room Service" (1938), the brothers play producers who team with Lucille Ball to put on a show; Groucho sings "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" while trying to save a big-top from bankruptcy in "At the Circus" (1939); the boys run afoul of some Indians and land-grabbing outlaws when they decide to "Go West" (1940); and, they run roughshod over an ultra-modern retail outlet in "The Big Store" (1941),
The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection [DVD]
It's political satire that was way ahead of its time in "Duck Soup" (1933), the pinnacle of Marxian madness; the lesson is laughter when Groucho becomes president of a college in "Horse Feathers" (1932); it's anything but smooth sailing for the Four Marx Brothers when they stow away on an ocean liner in "Monkey Business" (1931), their first comedy written expressly for the screen; "Animal Crackers" (1930) is a zany tale involving high society, young lovers, a stolen painting, and Groucho as "Captain Spaulding, the African explorer"; and their feature film debut, "Cocoanuts" (1929), finds the quartet in a run-down Florida hotel, where owner Groucho insults guests and courts Margaret Dumont.
The Three Stooges: 3-Pack [DVD]
Three-disc set includes "The Three Stooges: Curly Classics," "The Three Stooges: All the World's a Stooge," and "The Three Stooges: Spook Louder."
Leave It To Beaver: The Complete First Season (Limited Edition Lunchbox) [DVD](1957)
All 39 episodes from the premiere season--including "Captain Jack," "The Haircut," "Beaver's Crush," "Wally's Girl Trouble," and "The State vs. Beaver"--are presented in a three-disc set with the unaired pilot. Special edition comes in collectible lunchbox packaging, and includes a "Cleaver Family Album."
Little House On The Prairie: Season 1 [DVD](1974)
All 23 episodes from the debut season--including "Harvest of Friends," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Christmas at Plum Creek," "The Circus" and "Founder's Day"--are featured in a six-disc set.
Star Trek: The Complete Original Series [DVD]
Special collection includes the boxed sets of seasons one through three of the original "Star Trek."
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series Pack [DVD]
Every episode from your friends in Mayberry.
Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season [DVD](1964)
All 36 episodes from season one--including "Two on a Raft," "Good Night, Sweet Skipper," "Wrongway Feldman," "Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy," and "Voodoo Something to Me," as well as the original unaired pilot--are featured in a three-disc set.
M*A*S*H: Season One [DVD](1972)
All 24 episodes from the debut season--including the pilot, "Chief Surgeon Who?," "Yankee Doodle Doctor," "Dear Dad," and "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"--are featured in a three-disc set.
The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]
Follow the Dukes and the General Lee in everybody's secret favourite tv show.
The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset [DVD]
All 45 episodes of the series--including the sketches "Flying Sheep," "The Dead Parrot sketch," "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "Poofy Judges," "The Golden Age of Ballooning," and more, plus "Monty Python Live!"--are collected in a 16-disc set. Monty karaoke.
Keeping Up Appearances: The Full Bouquet [DVD]
All 40 episodes and four specials are featured in this eight-disc boxed set that includes the volumes "My Way or the Hyacinth Way," "Hints from Hyacinth," "Home Is Where the Hyacinth Is," "Deck the Halls with Hyacinth," "Everything's Coming Up Hyacinth," "Some Like It Hyacinth," "Living the Hyacinth Life," and "Hats Off to Hyacinth."
This Is Coronation Street [DVD]
Since December of 1960, British TV viewers have tuned in to the indefatigable serial drama, faithfully following the day-to-day travails of the working-class residents of Coronation Street in the fictitious Northwest English town of Weatherfield. This primer for stateside fans includes the 2000 special "40 Years on Coronation Street," filled with archival clips and interviews with past and present cast members, plus the series' first five episodes.
The Wizard Of Oz (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD](1939)
Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, for fun and adventure in the Emerald City. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan star in one of the most beloved films of all time. 103 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; featurettes; deleted scenes; biographies; photo gallery; bonus feature "The Wizard of Oz" (1925); bonus shorts "The Wizard of Oz" (1910), "The Magic Cloak of Oz" (1914), "His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz" (1914), "The Wizard of Oz" (1933).
Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition--Widescreen) (Four-Disc Set) [DVD]
Four-disc set includes the 2004 video release versions of "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi," and a disc of documentaries, featurettes, theatrical trailers, and more.
The Beatles Anthology [DVD](1995)
The long-awaited definitive Fab Four retrospective (five hours of which are exclusive to video) of pop music's most beloved and influential band traces The Beatles' evolution from their earliest efforts to their bitter break-up in 1970. Recent interviews with Paul, George and Ringo are woven through live concert footage, rare studio clips, home movies, press conferences and backstage footage to tell the definitive story of the four lads from Liverpool.
Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize [DVD]
Hockey fans won't want to miss this scintillating salute to the fabled championship trophy. Follow its history in a highlight-filled program that features a look at the amazing players who sought to drink from the cup, astonishing plays that electrified sports fans, and intensity-packed playoff games that led to great victories. Denis Leary hosts.
World Cup Soccer Highlights 1978-2002 [DVD]
An incredible compendium of the greatest players and most exciting moments in every World Cup competition from 1978 to 2002, this collection includes commentary by top announcers and is officially licensed by the governing body of world soccer. Every soccer fan will want this series on the shelf!
Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures Of Spin & Marty [DVD]
Originally airing in 1955 as a serial during the first season of "The Mickey Mouse Club," "Spin and Marty" was set on a dude ranch summer camp and followed the unlikely friendship of country boy Spin Evans and rich city kid Marty Markham. Tim Considine and David Stollery starred. This two-disc set features the entire serial, plus the full episode of "The Mickey Mouse Club" where it made its debut.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Widescreen Version) [DVD]
Special six-disc boxed set includes widescreen versions of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."