About three years ago we ran a photo of our pal Donald Gordon with a mystery man. Just last week a new reader, Jim, responded:
Actor on left is Stanley Clements, who was actually one of the East Side Kids for a brief while, and replaced Leo Gorcey as the “brains” of the Bowery Boys in 1957. (He played “Duke Coveleski”).
Clements is probably most famous for his role in “Going My Way”. He also was at one time married to glamor girl Gloria Grahame!
Right on, Jim.
Below are the Dead End Kids with John Garfield and Gloria Dickson in a scene from They Made Me A Criminal.
1937’s Dead End had gotten the boys contracts at Warner Brothers. That gritty social drama set in New York City during the Great Depression starred Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney and Claire Trevor (cast as prostitute dying of syphilis). But the picture is perhaps most notable today for introducing moviegoers to that gaggle of juvenile toughs.
Bogie made three movies with the Dead End kids: 1938’s Crime School and Angels With Dirty Faces (two of the six films he made that year), and 1939’s Invisible Stripes (one of the seven films he made that year). The Dead End kids post-Bogie went on to star in several crime melodramas for Warner Bros., as well as a series at poverty row studio Monogram where they were called The East Side Kids and a later The Bowery Boys.
Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall were the two most identifiable “kids” (though they were in their 20’s.) How many of the Dead End Kids are you able to identify in this picture?
Pop Quiz: Another star was brought out to Hollywood to recreate her role as Bogie’s mother in Dead End. She went on to play other famous “Ma” roles. Who was she?