Men of Boys Town

Synopsis: Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and both boys go to reform school. Father Flanagan exposes the conditions in the school and the boys are released to him. Ted's dog is killed but Ted can walk. The Maitlands work to pay off the debts threatening Boys Town.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Norman Taurog
Production: MGM
106 min

All right, fellows.

There'll be no more classes today.

Quiet down! Not so fast.

You've all got to be back here in an hour.

Now I want the band in their uniforms

and everybody cleaned up.

We're going to welcome home

Dave Morris.

Now I don't have to tell you older boys

who Dave Morris is.

But the new citizens ought to know that...

he's the best friend Boys Town has,

next to Father Flanagan.

And I don't have to tell any of you

who Father Flanagan is, I hope.

And I guess there's no doubt

that I'm the mayor around here?

So that's the orders now, fellows.

Everybody back here in an hour.

Give out with everything you've got...

when Dave Morris drives up

with Father Flanagan.

Make it sound like we just beat

Notre Dame at football.

- We'll shout our lungs out.

- All right, buddy.

- You bet your life.

- All right. Dismissed!

- Hello, Father.

- Good morning, Roger.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, Bradford.

I'm sorry, Father.

This letter requires your attention.

From the contractor,

about his last payment.

Well, it looks like today is my day.

Due on the day

the interior plastering is finished, huh?

The amount is $200,000.

$200... That much?

The $300,000 we underwrote originally

would have been enough...

if there hadn't been

those few little improvements.

Well, we need those two new wings,

you know. There are so many boys.

And, of course, that extra dormitory.

Don't overlook that extra dormitory.

We may be cramped even with that.

Well, I'm afraid we've gone

as far as we can.

After all, the bank's money belongs

to the depositors. It's not ours.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

Father, you're gonna be late for the train

if you don't hurry.

I made out a new basketball

schedule for you to look over, too.

There it is. But after you get back.

That can wait. You're late now.

The car's waiting outside.

Whitey, you're the most tyrannical mayor

that Boys Town has ever had.

You see, gentlemen,

I'm absolutely helpless.

Honest, Father. You're gonna miss

Mr. Morris if you don't hurry.

What do you suggest Burton write

to the contractor?

I'll take the finances up with Dave.

After all, that's his department.

Goodbye, gentlemen.

It'll be nice to have Dave home again.

A year is too long to be

without a friend like he is.

Yes, Father, but he needed the rest.

It's been a long time

since you've had a vacation yourself.

Whitey, my whole life is a vacation.

Father, you didn't write Mr. Morris

about the new buildings, did you?

No, I didn't, Whitey, I...

I thought I'd let Dave see

what the new buildings looked like first.

- You know, sort of surprise him.

- He'll be surprised, all right.


- Hey, Dave!

- Eddie!

- I'm glad to see you.

- Hello, Mr. Morris.

- Hello, Whitey.

- Well, you're back at last, Dave.

I've missed you. We've all missed you.

If you don't think it took all

my willpower to stay away for a year.

I wanted to start home

after the first week.

And we wanted you to.

Eddie, you didn't write me

about Boys Town.

I've been anxious about the place.

What goes on out there?

Everything's the same.

No great change, Dave.

We're glad to see you back, Mr. Morris.

Every one of us.

That goes double in spades for me.

Well, what about Boys Town?

Well, the boys are waiting.

They want to give you a little reception.

- It's beautiful.

- Thanks, Dave.

Eddie, what about Boys Town?

What's happened there?

It's been a very quiet year, Dave.

No year is quiet where you are.

And I've been away, you know.

How well I know.

But I haven't been away long enough

to forget how you work.

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James Kevin McGuinness

James Kevin McGuinness (December 20, 1893 – December 4, 1950) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He wrote for 36 films between 1927 and 1950. He wrote for The New Yorker magazine. He was born in Ireland and immigrated to New York in 1904. He arrived in Los Angeles in the 1920s at the dawn of the "talkies" era and thereafter worked in the film industry as a writer and later a producer. He died in New York in 1950 from a heart attack. more…

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