Boys Town

Boys Town
Boys Town
  • UR
  • 1h 33m
  • 1938
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Spencer Tracy, in the role for which he won his second Academy Award, stars as Father Flanagan, the real-life founder of Boys Town. Idealistic, young priest, Father Flanagan struggles to achieve his dream of creating a place where tough, young city boys may have the chance at a normal life. He founds a farm school run by a community of boys. But the idyllic community is almost destroyed by a young thug (Mickey Rooney), who eventually becomes a role model and leader of the boys' community.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Tracy, showing necessary restraint, makes his portrayal of Flanagan sincere and human.

June 21, 2017
TV Guide

One of the more overrated films of its era.

June 22, 2017
Combustible Celluloid
Jeffrey M. Anderson

There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing.

June 22, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:September 9, 1938
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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