Boys Town (1938)
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Editor's NoteThe story of Father Flanagan, who battled the courts, the community, and the odds to create a home for boys that society had tossed away. Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary won Oscars for Best Original story. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Actor--Spencer Tracy, Best Original Story.
Cast & Crew
|John Meehan - Writer|
|Dore Schary - Writer|
|Sidney Wagner - Director of Photography|
|Eleanore Griffin - Story|
|Edward Ward - Composer|
|Norman Taurog - Director|
Plot Summary"Boys Town" is a film classic based on the true story of Father Flanagan, a Catholic priest who established a community in Omaha, Nebraska for troubled youths.| The film stars Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, and Mickey Rooney as the young Whitey Marsh. The priest's challenge is to tame Whitey, the incorrigible kid brother of a jailed gangster. When Whitey first arrives at the orphanage, he turns it upside down with his street-tough antics. However, grim reality sets in when he loses a boxing match, sees his best pal injured in a car accident, and has extended contact with his brother's low-life criminal friends. In the end, Whitey falls in line with the program and is living proof of Father Flanagan's belief that there are no bad boys -- just bad environments.