Boy Friend (1939)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Release Date - May 19, 1939 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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There was no getting around the fact that child star Jane Withers was growing up in a hurry by the time she made The Boy Friend. To its credit, Withers' home studio 20th Century-Fox took into consideration the star's blossoming womanhood by allowing her to have her first on-screen romance. The plot concerns the efforts of police officer Jimmy Murphy (Richard Bond) to get the goods on gangster Ed Boyd (Douglas Fowley). To do this, Jimmy pretends to join Boyd's gang, a subterfuge that causes a great deal of grief for his hero-worshipping kid sister Sally (Withers). With the help of her military-school cadet boyfriend Bill Bradley (George Ernest) and dimwitted patrolman Greenberg (Warren Hymer), Sally tries to save Jimmy from disgracing himself by trapping Boyd and his minions in their lair-and, of course, nearly gets herself killed in the process. The fact that the villains use a nightclub for their hideout is excuse enough for Jane Withers to belt out a few forgettable songs.

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boyfriend, gangster, police-officer, sister, undercover