This 67 minute version is cut. The 73 minute version was cut
S M | 05/01/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This version is 67 minutes long. The previous version on VHS and on some other DVD is 73 minutes.
Note - Even the 73 minute version is cut.
There is a very important scene involving the taking of tires. Part of the scene showing important information to the story is cut.
I fortunately caught the uncut film on PBS a number of years ago, thus was able to notice this.
By the way, why does Amazon include a 'NO' in 'was this review helpful to you?'. People are only human and don't like opinions that differ from themselves, thus the 'NO' makes it too easy express such displeasure.
Are they trying to discourage negative reviews, hence not purchase the CD. Such reviews only help a person in not being dissatisfied a product that received positive reviews
More drama than humor for this East Side Kids entry.
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 08/01/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This Monogram Picture of The East Side Kids is much slower than the later Bowery Boys incarnation. The last 15 minutes of this 64 minute movie is devoted to World War II patriotism. Nothing wrong with patriotism, this film just makes war look honorable. The beginning of the film aims at Muggs getting Kidnapped, but the bulk of the story is about the relationships between the gang members of The East Side Kids. Leo Gorcey's humorous banter is there for us to enjoy, and Huntz Hall is a scene stiller!
The FRONT ROW DVD is mastered from an original 16mm print, the sound is crisp and clear and the picture is sharp with good contrast. However the original print used in the transfer has many splices, at least four times a word of conversation is lost in a splice. Considering the "Poverty Row" aspects of Monogram Pictures I can accept this and enjoy the clear picture. The dark night scenes show some artifacting, but they are few and far between. Usually the picture is sharp and clear."
Oddly Entertaining Mixture of Low Comedy and Patriotism
Martin Asiner | Jersey City, NJ | 11/15/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"By the time the Second World War had started, Leo Gorcey had already made a name for himself as the tough East Side thug, who along with Huntz Hall, Billy Hallop and Gabriel Dell proved to be pleasant diversions from the lingering aftereffects of the Depression. When the paying audience saw Gorcey as Mugs McGinnis they knew that they would view some pretty funny ad libbing and mangling of English. In KID DYNAMITE, Gorcey continues this trend but to a new purpose. The first half is your routine East Side Kid adventure with Gorcey being kidnapped so Billy Hallop could fight in his place and win a boxing match. Gorcey gets to shine in a vastly amusing dance contest with Huntz Hall also showing his hoofer abilities. But the real star is the United States Army which is praised in ways that sound mind numbing when compared to how the military is depicted today as vicious, hateful, and murderous. In the innocent 40s, the military was glorified to the extent that even the low browed East Side Kids could find redemption merely by wearing the uniform. THE DYNAMITE KID is a period piece that shows that innocence is a trait that need never go out of style no matter what garbage Brian DePalma might put out in REDACTED."
Kid Dynamaite Packs A Wallop!
RICARDO HERNANDEZ JR | JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY United States | 01/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The story centers around Muggs and Bobby Jordan.Bobby fills in for Muggs at a boxing match and that's where the trouble starts. The film is fast, funny, and very entertaining. Huntz Hall and the rest of the gang are there too. Look for the scene with the dancing contest. It is very good! Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall put on a good and hillarious dance act! This film is a winner!"