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That Gang of Mine (1940)

This was the third film in the East Side Kids series, produced by Monogram Pictures. It consisted of 22 installments and ran from 1940 to 1945. Many of the “kids” were originally from other comedic series such as The Dead End Kids and The Little Tough Guys; several of them later became members of The Bowery Boys. The East Side Kids usually portrayed lower class, street kids struggling against their criminal environment.

 

That Gang of Mine featured Leo Gorcey (19451969) in his role as “Muggs McGinnis,” the leader of the East Side Social Improvement Club, who is ridiculed by his friends for aspiring to become a jockey. Gorcey is accompanied by Bobby Jordan (19231965) who plays Danny, his boyish-looking side-kick.  At this point in the series, Gorcey and Jordan played the leaders of the group, while the other members of the East Side Kids, such as Huntz Hall (19201999), who played Glimpy, were called up as needed.

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