Live Wires

Live Wires is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of The Bowery Boys. It is the first film in the series, which lasted until 1958 and included forty-eight films, after the comedy team of the East Side Kids was revamped and renamed The Bowery Boys.

Live Wires
Directed byPhil Karlson
Produced byJan Grippo
Lindsley Parsons
Written byDore Schary
Jeb Schary
Screenplay byJosef Mischel
Tim Ryan
StarringLeo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
Bobby Jordan
William Benedict
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyWilliam Sickner
Edited byFred Maguire
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 1946 (1946-02-12)
Running time
64 minutes

The last entry in the series was In the Money, which was released by Allied Artists in 1958.[1]


Slip Mahoney has trouble keeping a job. Each one he finds leads to an altercation and he loses it, disappointing his sister whom he lives with. Eventually Sach helps him obtain a job with the District Attorney where he finds some success. Through a series of events, Slip and Sach help capture several notorious gangsters, including one that was about to flee the country with his sister.


The Bowery Boys

Remaining cast


Gorcey's father, Bernard Gorcey, made his first appearance in the series, as a small-time bookmaker. It was not until the next film, In Fast Company where he takes on the role of Louie, the Sweet Shop owner. Louie's Sweet Shop is featured in this film however.

This was Frambes' only film as a Bowery Boy. He had previously played a rival gang member in the East Side Kids film Clancy Street Boys.

Home media

Warner Archives released the film on made-to-order DVD in the United States as part of "The Bowery Boys, Volume One" on November 23, 2012.


Preceded by
'The Bowery Boys' movies
Succeeded by
In Fast Company
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