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Smugglers' Cove (1948); Bowery Boys #11
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Smugglers' Cove (1948) Dir. William Beaudine
Monogram Pictures Corporation
66 min. / B&W / 1.37:1
DVD: Warner Archive (Bowery Boys Vol. 2)

Story

Slip accidentally receives a telegram meant for some OTHER Terrance A. Mahoney and thinks he's inherited a mansion out in Long Island, but the place is overrun by ex-Nazi stooges smuggling in expatriate German war criminals - and diamonds.

Cast

The Boys: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey, Billy Benedict, and Bennie Bartlett; Gabe Dell, as usual, is "somebody else," this time a private detective, third class.

Our supporting cast includes Martin Kosleck as Count Petrov, leader of the smugglers, his henchmen Gene Roth and Eddie Gribbon, and Paul Harvey as the OTHER Terrence Mahoney. Amelita Ward is his daughter.

Background

Supposedly based on a story in Bluebook magazine, Smugglers' Cove is one of the best in the Bowery Boys entire series, with a good plot and some big laughs, including something you don't normally associate with their films: funny sound effects! Big "boings" when somebody gets hit, goofy noises during pratfalls, that sort of thing. The set is a holdover from East Side Kids pictures (one of the pictures keeps sliding up to reveal Kosleck; I kept waiting for Bela Lugosi to make a surprise appearance) but it's impressive just the same. Mostly, Bowery Boys pictures are a success if there's a certain number of laugh-out-loud moments (and that number isn't usually very high, frankly) and this film meets and exceeds that number despite the absence of Louie.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Janitor Slip, after being chewed out by his boss for being late: "Doesn't that guy know that Rome wasn't built in a day?"
Sach: "I don't think he was boss on that job."

Sach, pointing to a rug: "Look! It's a bagel tiger!"
Slip: "That's not a BAGEL tiger, you moron! It's a BEAGLE tiger!"

Thug: "Funny face! Come here!"
(Whitey takes a step forward)
Sach: Not YOU. He means ME."

Aftermath

This was released in mid-October, 1948; the next one would be out before the kids went on Christmas holiday.
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