“Million Dollar Kid” is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Wallace Fox and starring the East Side Kids, a group of young actors who later became known as the Bowery Boys. The film is a part of the popular “East Side Kids” film series that was popular during the 1940s and 1950s.
The plot follows the East Side Kids as they stumble upon a wealthy businessman’s lost wallet containing a large sum of money. The businessman, Mr. Harmon (John Hamilton), offers a reward to whoever returns the wallet, but the East Side Kids decide to keep it and use the money to help out their neighborhood. However, they soon discover that the wallet actually belongs to a young boy named Tommy (David Gorcey), who needs the money for a life-saving operation.
The film features a lot of physical comedy, slapstick humor, and some heartwarming moments. The East Side Kids’ chemistry and comedic timing are on full display in this film, and it is considered to be one of the better entries in the “East Side Kids” series. The film also features a memorable performance by David Gorcey, who was the younger brother of Leo Gorcey, one of the main actors in the series.
Frank H. Young
Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell