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Hot Shots (1956)

With Leo Gorcey suddenly gone from the series, stars Huntz Hall and Stanley Clements took the Bowery Boys in a slightly new direction. Elwood Ullman's screenplay for Hot Shots (1956) still positions Hall's Sach Jones as the main character, but in a more satirical story about television production. When bratty child star Joey Munroe (young Phil Phillips) runs away from the TV studio and swipes Sach's car, Sach and the gang take him in. But they're arrested for kidnapping when the impish Joey accuses them to the police. It's straightened out when a TV executive realizes that Joey is borrowing the script of his latest show. Sach and Clements' Duke Coveleskie are hired as VPs to mind Joey on the set. The conniving executive gets the boys fired, and then kidnaps Joey for real when an audit threatens to expose his thefts from the show. Starlet Joi Lansing plays an executive secretary in cahoots with the crooks; and Bowery Boys Jimmy Murphy and David Gorcey help Sach and Duke rescue Joey and clear up the trouble. Although Allied Artists only owed the exhibitors a couple more Bowery Boys movies after the exit of Leo Gorcey, the revamped episodes did well enough to merit the production of several more. Begun in 1946, the series didn't end until 1958.

By Glenn Erickson

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