Men of Boys Town

Men of Boys Town is a 1941 American drama film directed by Norman Taurog and written by James Kevin McGuinness. It is a sequel to the 1938 film Boys Town. The film stars Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Bobs Watson, Larry Nunn, Darryl Hickman and Henry O'Neill. The film was released on April 11, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[2][3]

Men of Boys Town
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byJohn W. Considine Jr.
Screenplay byJames Kevin McGuinness
StarringSpencer Tracy
Mickey Rooney
Bobs Watson
Larry Nunn
Darryl Hickman
Henry O'Neill
Music byHerbert Stothart
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byFrederick Y. Smith
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 11, 1941 (1941-04-11)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,166,000[1]


Mr. and Mrs. Maitland, a childless couple, invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in a car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and both boys go to reform school. (This is where the movie takes a darker tone as it depicts, using indirect camera angles, the physical abuse the boys suffer in detention at the facility). Father Flanagan exposes the conditions in the school and the boys are released to him. The Maitlands work to pay off the debts threatening Boys Town.



The film was a hit and became the ninth most popular film at the United States box office in 1941.[4] According to MGM records the film earned $2,009,000 in the US and Canada and $1,157,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $1,269,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. Crowther, Bosley (1941-04-11). "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney Seen in Familiar Roles in 'Men of Boys Town' at Capitol". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. "Men of Boys Town (1941) - Overview". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  4. FILM MONEY-MAKERS SELECTED BY VARIETY: ' Sergeant York' Top Picture, Gary Cooper Leading Star New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 31 Dec 1941: 21.
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