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Gas House Kids(1946)

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This film was the first in PRC's "Gas House Kids" series. This series, like "The Little Tough Guys," "The East Side Kids" and "The Bowery Boys" series, which were produced from the late 1930s through the early 1950s, was loosely derived from "The Dead End Kids" series. The Dead End Kids first appeared in the 1938 Warner Bros. film Crime School (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0873). Like the other series, "Gas House Kids" featured a gang of adolescent boys, living on New York City's East Side, who were not quite juvenile deliquents, but were frequently in trouble. Billy Halop, who stars in this film, had earlier appeared as one of the Dead End Kids and as one of the Little Tough Guys. Halop does not appear in the other Gas House Kids films, but Carl Switzer appears in all three. For more information on all of these series see the entry for Crime School in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0873) and consult the Series Index under "The Dead End Kids," "The Little Tough Guys," "The East Side Kids," "The Bowery Boys" and "Gas House Kids."