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Flying Wild(1941)

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A working title for this film was Air Devils. The opening title card reads: "The East Side Kids in Flying Wild." Hollywood Reporter production charts list actor George Eldridge in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. This picture was the third of twenty-two "East Side Kids" films produced by Sam Katzman for Monogram between 1940 and 1945. The first picture in the Monogram series was the 1940 film East Side Kids, featuring East Side Kids Dave O'Brien and Donald Haines (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1170). Although Leo Gorcey did not appear in East Side Kids, he starred in the twenty-one "East Side Kids" films that followed, playing "Muggs," the gang's young leader. The "East Side Kids" featured "Dead End Kids" actors Gorcey and Billy Benedict and actors Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell and Bobby Jordan, who appeared frequently in both the "Dead End Kids" and "The Little Tough Guys" series. For more information on the history of the "Dead End Kids," "The East Side Kids" and "The Little Tough Guys" series, see the entry for Crime School in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0873).