Keep 'Em Slugging (1943)

60-61 mins | Drama | 2 April 1943

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Brenda Weisberg

Cinematographer:

William Sickner

Editor:

Ray Snyder

Production Designer:

John Goodman

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Bad Company. The film's opening credits read: "The Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys in Keep 'Em Slugging." HR reported in Nov 1942 that actor Gene Reynolds, who had previously been cast in the film, was being replaced in the role of "Tommy Banning" by Bobby Jordan. HR also stated that actor Don Porter was given a two-week delay in his military service so that he could appear in this film. Budge Patty was an eighteen-year-old junior tennis champion at the time of this film, according to HR. Keep 'Em Slugging was the final film in Universal's "Dead End Kids/Little Tough Guys" series. For additional information on these series, consult the Series Index and the entries for Crime School and Little Tough Guy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0873 and F3.2534. ...

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The working title of this film was Bad Company. The film's opening credits read: "The Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys in Keep 'Em Slugging." HR reported in Nov 1942 that actor Gene Reynolds, who had previously been cast in the film, was being replaced in the role of "Tommy Banning" by Bobby Jordan. HR also stated that actor Don Porter was given a two-week delay in his military service so that he could appear in this film. Budge Patty was an eighteen-year-old junior tennis champion at the time of this film, according to HR. Keep 'Em Slugging was the final film in Universal's "Dead End Kids/Little Tough Guys" series. For additional information on these series, consult the Series Index and the entries for Crime School and Little Tough Guy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0873 and F3.2534.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Mar 1943
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Daily Variety
26 Feb 1943
p. 3
Film Daily
3 Mar 1943
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 1942
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 1942
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
13 Nov 1942
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1942
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 1942
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 1943
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Mar 1943
p. 1189
Variety
3 Mar 1943
p. 18
Variety
21 Apr 1943
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
R. A. Gausman
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Bad Company
The Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys in Keep Em Slugging
Release Date:
2 April 1943
Production Date:
12 Nov--early Dec 1942
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
5 January 1943
LP11827
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in feet):
5,525
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
9028
SYNOPSIS

With summer vacation starting, teenage gang leader Tommy Banning lectures his cohorts about helping the war effort by going straight and getting legitimate jobs, rather than working the rackets. Unfortunately, due to their juvenile delinquency records, the gang has little luck in finding work. Sheila, Tommy's sister, goes to Frank Moulton, the head of the shipping department at the department store where she works, and asks him to hire Tommy, but he refuses unless she agrees to go out with him. Later, Jerry Brady, Sheila's boyfriend, arranges a job for Tommy with Moulton. Tommy immediately falls for salesgirl Suzanne Booker, but their attempt to go out on a date is sabotaged when they are joined at the cinema by his friends, Albert "Pig" Gum, String and Ape. Later, Tommy gets Pig a job working in a parking lot. After two more stock clerks are drafted into military service, Tommy suggests to Mr. Curruthers, the head of the store, that he replace them with out-of-work teenagers, so the store hires String and Ape. Meanwhile, Moulton meets with gangster Duke Redman, who complains that Moulton has not been setting him up with enough business out of the department store. Moulton suggests that Redman recruit Tommy into his gang, so the gangster arranges for the youth to meet sexy café singer, Lola Leverne. She convinces Tommy to come her café, where Redman offers him "work." Tommy refuses and threatens to expose the gangster if anything happens at the store. Moulton then frames Tommy in a jewelry theft. After Tommy is placed in jail, Sheila quits her job, which greatly upsets Jerry, who ...

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With summer vacation starting, teenage gang leader Tommy Banning lectures his cohorts about helping the war effort by going straight and getting legitimate jobs, rather than working the rackets. Unfortunately, due to their juvenile delinquency records, the gang has little luck in finding work. Sheila, Tommy's sister, goes to Frank Moulton, the head of the shipping department at the department store where she works, and asks him to hire Tommy, but he refuses unless she agrees to go out with him. Later, Jerry Brady, Sheila's boyfriend, arranges a job for Tommy with Moulton. Tommy immediately falls for salesgirl Suzanne Booker, but their attempt to go out on a date is sabotaged when they are joined at the cinema by his friends, Albert "Pig" Gum, String and Ape. Later, Tommy gets Pig a job working in a parking lot. After two more stock clerks are drafted into military service, Tommy suggests to Mr. Curruthers, the head of the store, that he replace them with out-of-work teenagers, so the store hires String and Ape. Meanwhile, Moulton meets with gangster Duke Redman, who complains that Moulton has not been setting him up with enough business out of the department store. Moulton suggests that Redman recruit Tommy into his gang, so the gangster arranges for the youth to meet sexy café singer, Lola Leverne. She convinces Tommy to come her café, where Redman offers him "work." Tommy refuses and threatens to expose the gangster if anything happens at the store. Moulton then frames Tommy in a jewelry theft. After Tommy is placed in jail, Sheila quits her job, which greatly upsets Jerry, who is actually Curruthers' son. After being bailed out of jail by Jerry, Tommy returns home and becomes enraged when he learns that his mother and sister think he is guilty. After meeting with his gang, Tommy goes to Lola's café to speak with Redman, and sees Moulton talking to the singer. He follows them to Redman's hideout, where they are preparing to hijack a silk shipment from the department store. After the robbery, Tommy and his gang pin the gangsters in their office with a water hose until the police arrive. Tommy is rewarded with Moulton's job at the store, while Pig, String and Ape go to work in the shipping department, and Jerry and Sheila are happily reunited.

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