Hard Boiled Mahoney

Hard Boiled Mahoney is a 1947 film starring the comedy team of The Bowery Boys. It is the sixth film in the series.

Hard Boiled Mahoney
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Produced byJan Grippo
Written byCy Endfield
StarringLeo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
Bobby Jordan
William Benedict
Gabriel Dell
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyJames S. Brown, Jr.
Edited byWilliam Austin
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • April 26, 1947 (1947-04-26)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States


Sach (Huntz Hall) just lost his job as an assistant to a private detective, but he wasn't paid. Slip (Leo Gorcey) goes with him down to the detective's office to demand payment, but finds the office empty. A woman enters the office and mistakes Slip for the detective and convinces him to take on a case to find her sister after offering a $50 retainer.

The only clue they have is the spiritualist Dr. Carter (Pierre Watkin). They track him down, only to see him being murdered. Slip is knocked unconscious and when he wakes a woman is there calling the police. Slip identifies her as the other woman's sister, but she denies it. After asking questions, Slip believes the woman is not the other one's sister and they assist each other in escaping the police and make plans to meet up later.

Slip and Sach then go to see the fortune teller Armand (Dan Seymour) and find out that the two women aren't related, they both just want to get back incriminating letters that Armand has that he uses to blackmail them. Eventually the good and bad guys meet up at Louie's Sweet Shop and a fight takes place. As soon as it ends, Louie's waitress, Alice (Patti Brill), arrives with the police and takes away Armand and his gang. The boys then all take turns hitting Slip on the head with their hats after they discover that he used the entire $50 trying to get the information to solve the mystery.


This is the only Bowery Boys film in which Gabe (Gabriel Dell) is part of the team, in every other film he is a protagonist or former team member.[1] In this film, he reprises his character of "Talman" (a.k.a. "Pete") that he portrayed in the East Side Kids final film, Come Out Fighting.


The Bowery Boys

Remaining cast

Home media

Released on VHS by Warner Brothers on September 1, 1998.

Warner Archives released the film on made-to-order DVD in the United States as part of "The Bowery Boys, Volume Two" on April 9, 2013.


  1. Getz, Leonard (2006). From Broadway to the Bowery. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.
Preceded by
Mr. Hex
'The Bowery Boys' movies
Succeeded by
News Hounds
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