Academy Awards 1938 -
Best Original Screenplay: Dore Schary & Eleanore Griffin
Academy Awards 1938 -
Special Achievement Awards: Mickey Rooney
Description by OLDIES.com:
Today they grow up lawless on the streets. Tomorrow they're on Death Row. Father Edward Flanagan vows to break the cycle, putting his life where his faith is and starting a boys' home that becomes a model of hope. Spencer Tracy brings shining inner strength to Flanagan in a performance that made him the first to win consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards. "There is no bad boy," Flanagan insists. But brash troublemaker Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney) puts that credo to the test. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, this compelling movie earned a Best Original Story Oscar.
The story of Father Flanagan, who battled the courts, the community, and the odds to create a home for boys that society had tossed away. Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary won Oscars for Best Original story. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Actor--Spencer Tracy, Best Original Story.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney both won Oscars(R) in 1938 for their work in this touching and inspirational story of Father Flanagan and his young, delinquent charges.
"Boys Town" is a film classic based on the true story of Father Flanagan, a Catholic priest who established a community in Omaha, Nebraska for troubled youths. The film stars Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, and Mickey Rooney as the young Whitey Marsh. The priest's challenge is to tame Whitey, the incorrigible kid brother of a jailed gangster. When Whitey first arrives at the orphanage, he turns it upside down with his street-tough antics. However, grim reality sets in when he loses a boxing match, sees his best pal injured in a car accident, and has extended contact with his brother's low-life criminal friends. In the end, Whitey falls in line with the program and is living proof of Father Flanagan's belief that there are no bad boys -- just bad environments.
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