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a timeless gem
- minnie fleur
The whole cast play their roles really well, both the townspeople & kids. Mr. Tracy brings a steady, strong wisdom that reveals "Fr. Flannagan's" endurance & dedication. Mr. Mickey Rooney is 17yrs old in this, & he gives 110% effort. "Whitey" is a complex teen facing many changes, & M.R. draws us into the heart of this story. M.R. carries himself boldly in his energetic physical presence, & he creates action, besides merely following direction (as he does in all of his work). He delivers his words confidently, even aggressively, while showing a wide range of emotion in his voice. He is already a mature actor, w/an impressive talent level for a young man.
A lesson we can use today
The Catholic Church should be doing what Father Flanagan did again on a massive scale instead of hoarding money and power, that is, if the priests can keep their hands off the children which I doubt.
- Dashiell B.
An excellent drama about the real-life community concieved by Father Edward Flanagan. Tracy won his second Oscar as Flanagan, Rooney is amazing in his first dramatic role. The story is engaging with a few cheesy "Aww" moments. An excellent drama about an extraordinary man, and any "Catholic priest & children" jokes here is in bad taste. I give it a 4.5/5.
Rooney rocks and rolls
- Jeff Boston
This film is a relic in many ways, including the fact that many years ago Hollywood essentially ceased celebrating the life and/or life's work of great individuals who possessed and promoted traditional values. Even though the always good Tracy won Best Actor for his fine Father Flanagan, 1938's "Boys Town" is Rooney's film. His Whitey Marsh is larger than life. 5'2" Mickey played him like a pocket rocket, and the poignant portrayal helped project him to the top of Tinsel Town. Mickey Rooney was the #1 Box Office Star of 1939, 1940, and 1941.
Tracy at one his best
- Anny Robinson
The story starts by explaining how poor neglected kids and uneducated and unemployed adults are at the end of their rope. No parents, no work. Movie was made in 1938 and the story could read as if it was made in 2012.Nothing has really changed much. No work, no education and parents and adults who do not care.The acting is fantastic, all the ragmuffin kids are cute and it is a marvelous script. Cannot help seeing it over and over again.
- ida margaret
Excellent movie, good values.
- Mr. Blandings
Overly sentimental but entertaining. Tracy and Rooney make a great film duo.
Um filme excelente para toda a famlia com um elenco afinado desde Spencer Tracy at Mickey Rooney esto muito bem no filme. Recomendo para todos.
Spence Tracy helps out the boys in this movie.
This movie drama written by Mr.Dore Schary doesn't tellthe true story of Father Ed Flannegan's efforts to create abetter enviroment for wayward boys in Depression eraAmerica. It does however show us his efforts to create a betterenviroment for some wayward boys and helping out onetroubled kid.A fine script and a memorable Oscar winningperformance from Spencer Tracy.
Boys Town (1938)
- Jay Higgins
This very loved classic is definitely a good film, but never quite thought of it to be among the best of the classics. It is so overly sentimental, and Mickey Rooney is just too extreme in his role. Spencer Tracy is excellent however. Good but a bit sappy.