GenreAdventure, Comedy, Drama Music directorCharles Previn CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 20, 1940 (1940-12-20) WriterArthur T. Horman (screenplay), Robert Lee Johnson (screenplay), Eliot Gibbons (story) CastBilly Halop (Tom), Huntz Hall (Pig), Gabriel Dell (String), Bernard Punsly (Ape), Bobby Jordan (Rap), Wallace Ford (Mr. York) Similar moviesHuntz Hall and Billy Halop appear in Give Us Wings and Crime School
Give Us Wings (1940) is a Universal film starring the Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys.
The Dead End Kids work as airplane mechanics in the National Youth Administration Work Program plant. Feeling that they have enough knowledge of planes, they feel the urge to want to become pilots. The boys are hired by crop dusting operator Arnold Carter to become pilots. Upon being hired, York (Carter's manager) feels that the boys are far too inexperienced to fly, and assigns them to ground work. When Carter's company falls behind in their contracts, the Dead End Kids are forced to learn the ropes of flying. Eventually, York agrees that all of the boys are ready to become pilots,
The Dead End Kids
Billy Halop as Tom
Huntz Hall as Pig
Gabriel Dell as String
Bernard Punsly as Ape
Bobby Jordan as Rap
The Little Tough Guys
Harris Berger - Bud
Billy Benedict - Link
Wallace Ford as Mr. York
Anne Gwynne as Julie Mason
Victor Jory as Mr. Arnold Carter
Shemp Howard as Buzz Berger (a.k.a. Whitey)
Milburn Stone as Tex Austin
After completing this film, Bobby Jordan left the Universal Dead End Kids/Little Tough Guys series, and signed on to Monogram Pictures to costar with fellow Dead End Kid Leo Gorcey in the East Side Kids series. Jordan would return to Universal to replace Billy Halop in Keep 'Em Slugging, the final Dead End Kids film for Universal.
Though his character is referred to as "Buzz" throughout the film, the credits for this film state that Shemp Howard's character name was "Whitey".