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Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of... read more
|Beautiful story that helps us to discover that young people are the future|
|ARTISTIC AND TECHNICAL||(Acceptable)|
|FAITH AND VALUES||(Very good)|
APPROPRIATE PUBLIC: young people, adults.
OUR OPINION: A beautiful classic about trust in young people. "Boys town" tells us about a priest who puts his trust in the children of an orphanage, because he has full confidence that "there are no bad children". Beautiful story that helps us to discover that young people are the future, and that you can always get love out of them
Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Edward J. Flanagan--then promptly turned the statuette over to the real Father Flanagan out of gratitude. The priest's philosophy that no boy will grow up bad if given a chance in life culminates in his formation of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Unable to raise funds through "proper" channels, Flanagan finds that his staunchest supporters are the workaday folks who have faith in him; none is stauncher than Jewish pawnbroker Henry Hull, who digs deep into his pockets to help Flanagan realize his dream. The story of the struggle to get Boys Town on its feet paralleled with the regeneration of punkish Mickey Rooney, the younger brother of criminal Edward Norris. At first a wise-guy rebel, Rooney rises to a position of authority, responsibility and respect in Boys Town's self-maintained government. Boys Town, by the way, is the source of the classic line "He ain't heavy--he's my brother."