The Boy Friends
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The Boy Friends is a series of American comedy short films released between 1930 and 1932. The series consisted of fifteen films and was spun off from the long running Our Gang film series (also known as The Little Rascals).
Like 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