Last Saturday I had the opportunity to view disc one in its entirety of THE BOWERY BOYS COLLECTION, VOLUME TWO 4-disc set and included are some of my own impressions of the three films featured:
SPOOK BUSTERS (1946) great ensemble cast of villains including Douglas Dumbrille (The Marx Brothers' nemesis in A DAY AT THE RACES and THE BIG STORE), Charles Middleton (Ming the Merciless in the Universal Pictures super-serials FLASH GORDON, FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS and FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE) and Richard Alexander (Prince Barin in the Universal Pictures super-serials FLASH GORDON and FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS).
Comedic Highlight: The climatic fight seen in slow motion since everyone has been exposed to Dr. Coslow's noxiously overpowering canister of ether.
HARD BOILED MAHONEY (1947) typically postured villainy by ultra-suave and smugly confident Dan Seymour (THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN). When Slip defiantly refers to the unflappable albeit grossly corpulent Dr. Armand as "Fatso" this foreshadows his similar sentiments of the equally treacherous (and rotund) Leon Askin in SPY CHASERS ("Alright, Fatso, here's where you get yours!").
Comedic Highlight: The gang participates as impromptu panelists-contestants crashing Byron Fougler's scholary radio quiz show (it must be seen to be believed).
Curiously the versatile Gabriel Dell portrays a prototype nearsighted "Blinkey"-like character with similar cap and eyeglasses appearance.
BOWERY BUCKEROOS (1947) Bobby Jordan's final (The) Bowery Boys outing. Norman Willis who plays the local gambler-saloon proprietor-desperado gang leader portrayed literally the identical character in THE THREE STOOGES short "Out West" (24/04/1947) theatrically released the selfsame year!
Comedic Highlight: Attempting to secure a full confession from a stubbornly uncooperative Black Jack McCoy to exonerate their friend Louie.
Oh yes, Louie sings!
That's enough Bowery Boys to sate even the most ravenously deprived fan!
Edited by JeffT., April 30 2013 - 05:12 AM.