Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)

54 or 63 mins | Comedy | 10 December 1943

Director:

William Beaudine

Producers:

Sam Katzman, Jack Dietz

Cinematographer:

Marcel Le Picard

Editor:

Carl Pierson

Production Company:

Banner Productions
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HISTORY

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Dec 1943.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 43
p. 23.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Dec 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 43
p. 1555.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Dec 43
p. 1686.
Variety
15 Dec 43
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 December 1943
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 7 December 1943
Production Date:
mid August--late August 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12341
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54 or 63
Length(in feet):
5,683
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
9589
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Much to the despair of her husband John, wealthy New York socialite Margaret Morgan hires former criminals to be her house servants. When she goes to court because her daughter Brenda has been arrested for reckless driving, Margaret is moved to hire Muggs, leader of the East Side Kids gang, who has been arrested for vagrancy and being a public nuisance, after the judge insists that he get a legitimate job. Now a chauffeur, Muggs brings the whole gang with him and puts them to work polishing cars. Muggs is instructed on proper etiquette, and when an engagement party is held for Brenda and her conservative fiancé Virgil, Muggs and the gang serve the food. At the end of the evening, one of the guests discovers that her diamond necklace is missing, and John accuses the East Side Kids of the theft. However, everyone recalls seeing a stranger at the party, whom the Morgans' regular maid Maisie now remembers as someone she met at Danceland, a dance hall on the lower East Side. Muggs convinces John not to call the police until he and the boys have had a chance to investigate. Maisie goes downtown to Danceland with Brenda, who dresses up like a gangster's moll in order to fit in. They meet with gangster Dips Nolan and learn that he plotted the jewelry heist with Diamonds, who was the stranger at the party. Nolan becomes suspicious when naïve Virgil, who has followed Brenda to the dance hall, uses her real name and asks him to throw a fake fight so that he can prove his manhood. Nolan instead knocks Virgil out and ... +


Much to the despair of her husband John, wealthy New York socialite Margaret Morgan hires former criminals to be her house servants. When she goes to court because her daughter Brenda has been arrested for reckless driving, Margaret is moved to hire Muggs, leader of the East Side Kids gang, who has been arrested for vagrancy and being a public nuisance, after the judge insists that he get a legitimate job. Now a chauffeur, Muggs brings the whole gang with him and puts them to work polishing cars. Muggs is instructed on proper etiquette, and when an engagement party is held for Brenda and her conservative fiancé Virgil, Muggs and the gang serve the food. At the end of the evening, one of the guests discovers that her diamond necklace is missing, and John accuses the East Side Kids of the theft. However, everyone recalls seeing a stranger at the party, whom the Morgans' regular maid Maisie now remembers as someone she met at Danceland, a dance hall on the lower East Side. Muggs convinces John not to call the police until he and the boys have had a chance to investigate. Maisie goes downtown to Danceland with Brenda, who dresses up like a gangster's moll in order to fit in. They meet with gangster Dips Nolan and learn that he plotted the jewelry heist with Diamonds, who was the stranger at the party. Nolan becomes suspicious when naïve Virgil, who has followed Brenda to the dance hall, uses her real name and asks him to throw a fake fight so that he can prove his manhood. Nolan instead knocks Virgil out and kidnaps Brenda. Muggs and Glimpy, meanwhile, see Diamonds leave for the dance hall and search his apartment. Although they find nothing, Diamonds and Nolan return with Brenda, and the entire East Side Kids gang captures the criminals and retrieves the diamonds. Later, Brenda is pleased to find that Virgil's East Side adventure has transformed him into a more confident and adventurous person. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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