Skip to content

Live Wires (1946)

I recently acquired the Warner Archive collections volume 1 thru 4 of the Bowery Boys films. That’s 48 movies! As for picking one to watch……..may as well start on volume one disc one.

This time out Leo Gorcey can’t seem to hold down a job. His sister isn’t happy about it and wishes he was more reliable like number two man Huntz Hall instead of hanging out with the gang playing pinball all day.

“That’s the trouble with you. Always jumping to seclusions.”

live-wires-2

From get rich scams as a street peddler to thinking he’s got himself a suit and tie job on a construction site, things just don’t seem to be working out for Gorcey’s character, Terrence “Slip” Mahoney. Always fast with women or his fists and quick with the temper. Not so when it comes to an honest day’s hard work.

live-wires-1

Perhaps he could take up a job in Hall’s field. That of serving warrants for the district attorney’s office. Using his street smarts, Leo cons his way around and even pulls a fast one to snag a car for repossession from a local nightclub entertainer. All this before she can pull a con on him.

It’s the final twenty minutes of this Monogram programmer that really delivers the laughs. Leo finds himself conning his way into a swank apartment to deliver a summons to mobster Mike Mazurki. Leo’s tough guy act collapses upon seeing the giant that Mazurki is.

live-wires-8

Mike throws Leo around the room as if he were a ping pong ball. All in good fun. He just doesn’t know his own strength and believes Leo is on the payroll of the local “boss.” When Huntz Hall catches up the con quickly begins to fall apart. Not to worry as Bobby Jordan and the gang should be along anytime to help corral the criminals and make Leo out a hero in his sister’s eyes.

These films always play fast and loose. Perhaps that’s to keep up with the rapid fire delivery that we always get from Leo Gorcey. Hall gets his special billing here as does Mike Mazurki just below the Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys credit that opens the film.

This film in the series was directed by Phil Karlson. Karlson gave us everything from Charlie Chan films to Walking Tall. He also did a couple of Matt Helm films with Dean Martin in the sixties.

karlson

Far from A budget films these Bowery Boys titles can grow on you. Especially if you like the slapstick style comedy of The Three Stooges. With 47 more titles in the set I am sure I’ll be posting more films starring Leo, Huntz and the Bowery Boys in the near future.

 

 

2 Comments »

  1. Hello Mike I dig your blog! Thanks for posting up my artwork of Vincent Price from Madhouse 74′. I have 1-3 of the warner box sets of the Bowery Boys & I love them all! I been a big fan of them since Dead End with Humphrey Bogart thru Eastside Kids! Live Wires is one of the better of the Bowery Boys later films. It is curious how diminished all of Bobby Jordan’s roles had become in these later Bowery Boys Films. It’s a shame. As you know I have a Horror/Noir Film blog and I can’t really cover my FAVORITE actress of all time Greta Garbo’s “Cheesy” romantic Films. Let’s see some Garbo Films on your site in the near future-PLEASE! “Give me a Whiskey and don’t be stingy!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

"DESTROY ALL FANBOYS!"

Smashing System Bias Since 1972...

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

An Irreverent Blog of Old Movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

movies galore

"DESTROY ALL FANBOYS!"

Smashing System Bias Since 1972...

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

An Irreverent Blog of Old Movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

movies galore

%d bloggers like this: