A little about "The Boy Friends" series at the Roach studio.
The Boy Friends
OverviewLike the Our Gang shorts of the time, The Boy Friends films were two-reel short subjects produced by Hal Roach through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. They featured teenaged actors including some, particularly Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman, who as children had starred in the early silent Our Gang shorts. Grady Sutton was also a lead player in the series. Daniels appeared in every short, Kornman appeared in all but one.
Roach released three The Boy Friends films in 1930: Doctor's Orders, Ladies Last, and Bigger and Better. The series added seven installments in 1931: Blood and Thunder, High Gear, Love Fever, Air Tight, Call a Cop, Mama Loves Papa, and The Kickoff. Finally, 1932 saw the release of the last five films: Love Pains, The Knockout, Too Many Women, Wild Babies, and You're Telling Me. Mickey Daniels appeared in each short, as did Mary Kornman with the exception of You're Telling Me. At least some of the films in the series took place at Elmira College, an actual school located in Roach's home town of Elmira, New York.
- Mickey (Mickey Daniels): The main character
- Mary (Mary Kornman): Mickey's girl friend
- Grady "Alabam" Sutton (Grady Sutton): Mickey's best friend and sidekick
- Dave (David Sharpe): Mickey and Grady's friend. He was their rival in his first short.
- Gertie (Gertrude Messinger):Dave's love interest
- Dorothy (Dorothy Granger): Alabam's love interest
- Doctor's Orders
- Bigger and Better
- Ladies Last
- Blood and Thunder
- High Gear
- Love Fever
- Call a Cop!
- Mama Loves Papa
- The Kick-Off!
- Love Pains
- The Knock-Out
- You're Telling Me
- Wild Babies
- Too Many Women
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"The Boy Friends" was like a teenage version of "Our Gang". The idea had potential, and the films even had some of the same cast members as the earlier series, but the series was not a success. Best thing that I can say about these movies is that they had pretty girls in them. Betty Bolen and Jacqueline Wells appeared in addition to Mary Kornman, Gertrude Messinger, and Dorothy Granger.
The series was said to have been the brainchild of George Stevens, who later became one of the most famous directors of all time. GUNGA DINN, THE MORE THE MERRIER, SHANE, and THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD are among the many classics he had to his credit. He also had another two-reel comedy series at RKO, "The Blondes And The Redheads", which was similar to "The Boy Friends", only with more emphasis on the girls..
Cast members Grady Sutton, Dorothy Granger, David Sharpe, Gertrude Messinger, Mickey Daniels, and Mary Kornman all autographed this photo.
FILM FAN MONTHLY with "Boy Friends" cover.
Watch AIR TIGHT:
The Blondes And The Redheads:
The Boy Friends:
Mickey Mouse ( And Hal Roach ):