Boy Friend


1h 12m 1939

Brief Synopsis

A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.

Film Details

Also Known As
Police School
Release Date
May 19, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,379ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

At a police school, instructor Fields teaches a group of rookie policemen how to frisk a suspect. Captain Duffy enters the classroom and gives the rookies a hypothetical problem. None of the rookies knows the answer, including Jimmy Murphy. However, his younger sister Sally, who is peeking in the window, does, as it is the same problem Duffy has used in class for five years. After class, Jimmy calls gangster Ed Boyd, telling him that he is ready to quit the police and join his gang. Sally brings the rookies, who all board at her mother's house, their lunch as Tommy Bradley receives a letter from his younger brother Billy, currently in military school, stating that he is arriving that day for a visit. Sally and Greenberg, another rookie, steal Duffy's patrol car to pick up Billy at the station. After dinner that night, Tommy, Sally and Billy decide to go for ice cream when Tommy spies a robbery in progress at Sherman Brothers Fur Company. When Tommy interrupts the burglars, who include Jimmy, he is shot and killed. Jimmy returns home that night, angrily announcing that he is quitting the police school, and becomes the manager of the Golden Parrot Club, which is run by Boyd. Actually, Jimmy is working undercover for Duffy, but the rookies think he has gone bad. Sally and Billy decide to solve Tommy's murder themselves. Sneaking into the Golden Parrot Club on Halloween, Sally entertains the customers while Billy inspects the basement, where he finds the stolen furs in the wine cellar. By the time the rookies inspect their claim, however, the furs have been removed. Later, Jimmy calls Duffy, telling him where the next robbery will be. Sue, Duffy's daughter and Jimmy's sweetheart, overhears and goes to the club to warn Jimmy. Boyd and his henchmen listen in on their conversation and realize that Jimmy is an undercover policeman who has fallen into their trap. Sally and Billy, just outside the club, hear the real robbery plan, but no one will believe them. When the robbers never arrive at Jimmy's stated location, Duffy realizes that the real robbery is at the Garrison Company, so he, Sally, Billy and the rookies go there, and become involved in a car chase with Boyd and his gang. Just as the gang is about to pull over and shoot it out with the police, Jimmy grabs the steering wheel, crashing the car. The gang is captured and Jimmy is congratulated by all on a job well done. At the train station, Billy bids fond farewell to Sally, promising to come back for Christmas. As he leaves, Sally sighs and says, "Gee, I sure wish this was Christmas."

Film Details

Also Known As
Police School
Release Date
May 19, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,379ft (7 reels)

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Notes

This picture was originally titled Police School. According to Hollywood Reporter, Otto Brower was brought in to direct re-takes as the story was rebuilt to emphasize the teen-age aspect of the story.