The "Dead End Kids" were a team of young actors who made dozens of films about the joys and heartaches of New York slum life.
The movie was spawned from Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play "Dead End," about New York boys growing up idolizing gangsters. Two years later, a film version was made for Samuel Goldwyn.
The young actors made such films as "Crime School," "They Made Me a Criminal" and "Angels With Dirty Faces," starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien for Warner Bros. in the late 1930s.
Moving to Universal in the 1940s, the group became the East Side Kids and continued spoofing themselves in such zany fare as "Spooks Run Wild" and "Private Buckaroo." After World War II, the youths again changed studios and names — going to Monogram Pictures (later Allied Artists) as the Bowery Boys. They made 49 films under that tag, ending the series with "In the Money" in 1958.