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Boys Town

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Original title
Boys Town
Year
Running time
96 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Dore Schary, John Meehan (Story: Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin)
Music
Edward Ward
Cinematography
Sidney Wagner (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan--then promptly turned the statuette over to the real Father Flanagan out of gratitude. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Unable to raise funds through "proper" channels, Flanagan finds that his staunchest supporters are the workaday folks who have faith in him; none is stauncher than Jewish pawnbroker Henry Hull, who digs deep into his pockets to help Flanagan realize his dream. The story of the struggle to get Boys Town on its feet paralleled with the regeneration of punkish Mickey Rooney, the younger brother of criminal Edward Norris. At first a wise-guy rebel, Rooney rises to a position of authority, responsibility and respect in Boys Town's self-maintained government. Boys Town, by the way, is the source of the classic line "He ain't heavy--he's my brother."
Awards
1938: 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Spencer Tracy), Original Screenplay. 5 Nominations
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