Thursday, January 7, 2021

Bowery to Bagdad, 1955

First viewing

This Bowery Boys movie gave me much delight after a day of sedition by government officials and storming of the White House by right wing racists.

The very old Boys (Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney and Huntz Hall as Sach Jones are the primary Boys) find a genie lamp and get mixed up with gangsters. The genie is played by Eric Blore and this is his last film. He was known for playing droll English butler types in the 20s and 30s in such films as Top Hat and other Fred and Ginger movies.

Also featuring long-time actress Jean Willes, who was in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

This was also the last film of Bernard Gorcey, father of Leo and David, two of the Bowery Boys. He played Louie the sweet shop owner in the 4-5 Bowery Boys films made every year from 1946-1958. He was a very busy actor in film and stage and died months after this film was made when his car collided with a bus in Los Angeles.



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