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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.

Blondie, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Blondie, Vols. 1 & 2 [DVD]
Two-disc collector's set includes "Blondie, Vol. 1" and "Blondie, Vol. 2."

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 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 Bowery Boys, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Process server Slip (Leo Gorcey) finds shady doings at his sister's workplace in "Live Wires" (1946). The boys are "In Fast Company" (1946) when they help gypsy hacks against a cab company's strong-arm tactics. It's a "Bowery Bombshell" (1946) when a photo wrongly implicates Sach (Huntz Hall) in a robbery. The boys turn "News Hounds" (1947) and try to expose a shady sports betting ring. The boys are "Fighting Fools" (1949) when they take on boxing fixers. It's a case of "Hold That Baby!" (1949) after they're saddled with an abandoned infant. Sach gets drawn into a mad scientist's brain-switching experiment in "Master Minds" (1949). Louie's sweet shop is turned into an escort service in "Blonde Dynamite. A murder case sends the gang lookin

Pride Of The Bowery: East Side Kids Collection [DVD] DVD
Two-disc set includes "Pride of the Bowery," "Flying Wild," "Bowery Blitzkrieg," "Spooks Run Wild," "Mr. Wise Guy," "'Neath Brooklyn Bridge," "Smart Alecks," "Clancy Street Boys," "Ghosts on the Loose," and "Million Dollar Kid."

The Best Of The Little Rascals In 3D [Blu-ray 3D]
Make a play date with the Little Rascals! You'll feel like Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, and their pals are right there with you thanks to the miracle of 3D! This compilation of colorized, stereoscopic classic shorts includes "Fly My Kite," "A Lad an' a Lamp," "The Kid from Borneo," "Hi'-Neighbor!," and "Hide and Shriek." 84 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Blu-ray 3D requires a 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player, and special glasses to reproduce the original theatrical experience.

The Best Of Abbott And Costello [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes volumes 1 and 2 of "Abbott and Costello: Funniest Routines" and "Abbott and Costello: The Christmas Show."

The Three Stooges In 3D [Blu-ray 3D]
This collection of classic Three Stooges shorts presents some of the boys' most hilarious misadventures both colorized and in eye-popping (or is that eye-poking?) 3D! Includes "Disorder in the Court," "Brideless Groom," "Sing a Song of Six Pants," and "Malice in the Palace." 78 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Blu-ray 3D requires a 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player, and special glasses to reproduce the theatrical experience.

The Red Green Show: 1997 Season [DVD]
All 17 episodes from the seventh season--including "Running of the Bulls," "The Strange Ranger," "Big Guy Little Guy," "The Good Old Hockey Game," and "The Winter Carnival"--have been collected in a three-disc set.

The Incredible Journey [DVD](1963) DVD
When their masters go abroad on vacation and leave them in the care of a friend 200 miles away, a trio of homesick house pets--a bull terrier, Labrador pup, and Siamese cat--take their first chance to slip away, only to find themselves confronted with daunting adventures in the Canadian wilderness. Live-action Disney family classic from the Sheila Burnford book stars Emile Genest, John Drainie, Jan Rubes; Rex Allen narrates. 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

The Littlest Hobo TV Series Collection 1 [DVD]
One of the most popular family shows on '60s Canadian TV was revived in this 1979-85 incarnation. Join four-footed hero Hobo on his trek across the Great White North, as the German shepherd aids those he meets before heading back on the road.

Road To Avonlea: The Complete First Volume [DVD]
All 13 episodes from the first season--including "The Journey Begins," "Old Lady Lloyd," "Proof of the Pudding," "Conversions," and "Nothing Endures But Change"--are featured in a four-disc set.

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie [DVD](2006) DVD
Big-screen version of the popular Canadian sitcom chronicles the hilarious lives of the low-class residents of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park. When offbeat pals Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are released from prison after serving 18 months for robbing an ATM, they decide to pull off a final caper that could make them rich--or send them back to the big house. Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith star. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes footage; interviews.

Canada Cup '76 [DVD] DVD
The Canada Cup was a six-team round robin international hockey tournament boasting the best players in the world. In 1976, Canada assembled perhaps the finest team ever put on ice with Bobby Clarke, Phil Esposito, Denis Potvin, and MVP Bobby Orr. This four-disc set features highlights of the entire tourney, plus six of Canada's seven games in their broadcast entirety, including the two exciting wins over Czechoslovakia in the final. 11 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; bonus documentary; photo gallery.

Leave It To Beaver: Season One [DVD](1957) DVD
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 six-disc set. 17 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; unaired pilot. **39 episodes on 6 discs. 17 1/4 hrs.**

The Wizard Of Oz (75th Anniversary) [Blu-ray](1939)
Follow Dorothy over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road in one of the most beloved films in cinematic history. Not in Kansas anymore after a tornado whisks her away to the Land of Oz, Dorothy is off for adventure in the Emerald City with the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, too, all the while being chased by the Wicked Witch of the West and looking for a way home. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and Frank Morgan star. 102 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; sing-along songs.

Little House On The Prairie: Season 1 [DVD]
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: Season 1 [Blu-ray](1966)
All 29 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Man Trap," "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the two-part "The Menagerie," "Balance of Terror," "This Side of Paradise," and "The City on the Edge of Forever"--are featured in a seven-disc set. Includes the broadcast versions of the episodes and the remastered versions featuring all-new CGI special effects. 24 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish; featurettes. **29 episodes on 7 discs. 24 1/2 hrs.**

The Andy Griffith Show: Complete Series Collection [DVD] DVD
Forty-disc collector's set includes all eight seasons of the TV show, the 1960 "Make Room for Daddy" episode that introduced Sheriff Andy Taylor and the town of Mayberry, and the 1986 reunion movie "Return to Mayberry." 106 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season [DVD]
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]
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.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Collector's Edition) [DVD](1975) DVD
The legend of King Arthur will never be the same once the Pythons get through with it. Klutzy knights, killer rabbits, coconut-laden swallows, taunting Frenchmen and other oddities all add up to one of the funniest, most outrageous comedies ever. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin star. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, Japanese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; screenplay; audio commentary by Jones, Gilliam, Cleese, Idle, Palin; animated menus; sing-along songs; documentary; featurettes; cast directory; theatrical trailers; film cel senitype; paperback of the script. Two-disc set.

Keeping Up Appearances: Collector's Edition [DVD] DVD
All 40 episodes and four Christmas specials, plus the retrospective programs "The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket" (1997) and "Life Lessons from Onslow" (2008), are featured in a 10-disc set. 22 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; outtakes; featurettes; interviews. **40 episodes and 6 specials on 10 discs. 22 1/2 hrs.**

Coronation Street: 3 DVD Boxed Set [DVD] DVD
Say goodbye to one of Corrie Street's most roguish personalities in "Coronation Street: Farewell to Mike," as Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) takes his leave of the popular program after three decades of devilishly entertaining exploits. In this tribute program, Briggs is honored by his many co-workers and seen in a montage of clips. Narrated by Matthew Kelly. Three-disc set also includes "An Audience with Coronation Street," "Coronation Street: Family Albums." 135 min. total. Soundtrack: English.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga [Blu-ray]
Nine-disc set includes "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones," "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope," "Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," and three discs packed with bonus features. 2011 re-release editions.

The Beatles Anthology [DVD]
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.

Don Cherry's Hard-Hitting Hockey [DVD](2008) DVD
Don Cherry is a former hockey player and coach who won the NHL Jack Adams Award for best coach during his days with the Boston Bruins in the '70s. However, Cherry is best known these days as the voice of the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" who possesses a penchant for hard-nosed play. Join him for highlights of the 2007-2008 NHL season that features hits, bloopers, and scraps, all delivered in the classic Don Cherry style. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English (SDH). NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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."

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).