Boys Town & Spencer Tracy

Boys Town is a 1938 biographical drama film based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of disadvantaged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded and named Boys Town . Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor. 5.0/5

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Rainy dreary Saturday , good time to relax and watch an ole fav, "Boys Town" with Spencer Tracy as Fr Flanagan Mickey Rooney
Boy's Town This was a classic film of 1938 that starred Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan and Mickey Rooney as juvenile delinquent Whitey Marsh . The film was based on Father Edward J. Flanagan's work with a group of underprivileged and delinquent boys in a home that he founded in Nebraska. Nick Clooney wrote in his book, "The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen" (2002) that "In February 1939, when he accepted his Oscar for the role, Spencer Tracy responded graciously by spending all of his acceptance speech talking about Father Flanagan. "If you have seen him through me, then I thank you." An overzealous MGM publicity representative announced that Tracy was donating his Oscar to Flanagan without confirming it with Tracy. Tracy's response was: "I earned the...thing. I want it." The Academy hastily struck another inscription, Tracy kept his statuette, and Boys Town got one, too. It read: "To Father Flanagan, whose great humanity, kindly simplicity, and inspiring courage were strong enough to s ...
Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney on the set of Boys Town (1938)
Just watched Boys Town on TCM with Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy. What a great movie.
For the first time ever tonight, I watched the movie Boys Town with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. I sat here and just was so sweet and I couldn't believe I'd never seen it. Forty years ago our family lived in Omaha and were lucky to have some very special boys in our lives. Every week, our parents, Jim and Sylvia, invited boys who shared a cottage at Boys Town into our home. They brought with them a sense of humble gratitude for the fried chicken Mama prepared, the games of Ping Pong and driveway basketball games we all played together. I was blessed to know both Steve's and Mike and Dewey...and call one of them the first boy I ever loved. I wish I knew where all of them were today but know that one of them grew up to be a good and successful man.
Just watched "Boys Town" with Mickey Rooney & Spencer Tracy for probably the millionth time. It never ceases to amaze me how I cry 💦 EVERY SINGLE TIME! I know what's happening & yet it reduces me to tears💦. Both of these men were such FANTASTIC actors!💦
I watched Boys Town tonight. I did a quick bit of research. It won several Academy Awards. Spencer Tracy dedicated most of his speech to the real Father Flannigan. A reporter mistakingly thought he was giving his award to Father Flannigan. In true Spencer Tracy style, he said "I won the *** thing, I want it." They hastily made an honorary award for Father Flannigan. I watch too much TV and use Wikepedia too much. I don't have a life.
Well, I'm bawling again! Watched movie "Boys Town" staring Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy! My kind of movie!
I am so sad, put the grand babies to bed and now I have been sitting here crying while I watch the last half of Boys Town!!! With the great Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney of course!
Boys Town with Mickey Rooney and Spencer of my favorites.
I loved Mickey Rooney, Im watching Boys Town. A true movie, this was acting!!! Spencer Tracy was also great in this Oscar nominated movie!
Watching me some Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy." Boys Town". great film.
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took to the stage as a toddler in his parents' vaudeville act at 17 months old and made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was from this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney. A Family Affair in 1937 introduced the country to Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager. This beloved character appeared in nearly 20 films and helped make Rooney the top star at the box office in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Rooney also proved himself an excellent dramatic actor as a delinquent in Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy. Teaming up with Judy Garland, Rooney also appeared in a string of musicals, including Babes in Arms (1939), Strike up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941) and Girl Crazy (1943). During that time he also appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the now classic National Velvet (1944). Rooney joined the serv ...
Today is the birthday of Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, Max Gail, Colin Powell, Bette Davis, Agnetha Faltskog, and Diamond Dallas Page. Spencer would be 114 today. He starred in the movies "Adam's Rib" "Woman of The Year" "Judgment At Nuremberg" "Boys Town" and "Captains Courageous." Gregory would be 98 today. He starred in the movies "To Kill A Mockingbird" "The Keys Of The Kingdom" "The Omen" "Gentleman's Agreement" and "12 O'Clock High." Max is 71 today. He is known for his role as Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz on "Barney Miller." Max also starred in the movie "D.C. Cab." Colin is 77 today. He was a 4 star general in the U.S. Army, and was National Security Advisor (1987-1989), Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993), and Secretary Of State (2001-2005). Bette would be 106 today. She starred in the movies "Jezebel" "Dangerous" "Now, Voyager" "The Star" and "All About Eve." Agnetha is 64 today. She was a member of Swedish pop group "ABBA." They were known for the hits "Waterloo" "SOS" "I Do, I Do, I D ...
Famous classic movie stars of Irish descent: Spencer Tracy (1900-1967). Though he shares some of his lineage with England, Spencer Tracy- his family were third generation Irish Americans, and he only went to Ireland once with his paramour of 25 years, Katharine Hepburn. His career spans 37 years, as he personified the common man so well he was known to be one of the greatest actors of his time and maybe all time. He is the first actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for "Captains Courageous" and "Boys Town." He is also known for his performances in "Up The River," "Fury," "San Francisco," "Libeled Lady," "Test Pilot," "Father Of The Bride," "The Actress," "Bad Day at Black Rock," "Inherit The Wind," and "Judgment At Nuremberg." Best known teamed with Katharine Hepburn in fifteen films, from "Woman of The Year" to "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner," which was the first Best Actor Oscar nomination given posthumously. He got his start on Broadway as well.
And the Oscar goes to. Did you know that after winning the Best Actor Award for his role as Father Flanagan, Spencer Tracy gave his Oscar statue to Boys Town?
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Watching one of my favorite movies Boys Town with Spencer Tracy
1938 Oscar winner is on right now starring Spencer Tracy, and Mickey Rooney, yes Boys Town
today in 1939 - The 11th Academy Awards were celebrated at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles (for the flicks of 1938). Oscars were doled out for You Can’t Take It with You for Best Picture and Best Director (Frank Capra). Capra, who took home his third Best-Director prize, had won for 1934’s It Happened One Night and 1936’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. The Best Actor award was claimed for the second year in a row (Captains Courageous) by Spencer Tracy for Boys Town. Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards were presented to Bette Davis and Fay Bainter, respectively, for their performances in Jezebel; while Walter Brennan took home the prized statuette for Best Supporting Actor in Kentucky. These were Davis’ and Brennan’s second Academy Awards; the first for Davis was awarded three years earlier for Dangerous, and Brennan received his first Oscar two years before for Come and Get It. Walt Disney won an honorary Oscar for the film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Mr. Disney actually received on ...
Ninety-six years ago today, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Nebraska. He firmly believed that: “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.” In 1938, Hollywood told Flanagan's story in the classic film 'Boys Town', which starred Spencer Tracy as the priest and Mickey Rooney as troubled boy Whitey Marsh. The movie went on to win two Oscars: one for Tracy as Best Actor and one for Eleanore Griffin and Dore Scharey for Best Writing, Original Story. The film was also nominated for Best Picture, but lost to Frank Capra's 'You Can't Take it With You' (1938).
Born Dec 1 Zoe Kravitz 25, Sarah Silverman 43, Treat Williams 62, Lee Trevino 74, Bette Midler 78, Woody Allen 78, Richard Pyror, Lou Rawls. On this day 1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys (and for girls since 1979), in an area west of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1938, Spencer Tracy portrayed Father Flanagan in the movie, "Boys Town", and won himself an Oscar. 1981 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Oscar Robertson as pro basketball’s second all-time leading scorer (second to Wilt Chamberlain). Kareem got to the total of 26,712 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 117-86. Chamberlain’s record fell in 1984, when Kareem’s scores reached 31,259. Kareem wound up his career in 1989 with 38,387 points.
Your Oscar trivia for today deals with the fact that only TWICE in history has there been a year where 3 of the acting winners were repeaters. And the first time it happened was in just the 11th year of the Academy Awards (1938) when Spencer Tracy won his 2nd straight Best Actor one, this time for "Boys Town" after 1937's "Captains Courageous"; Bette Davis got her 2nd Best Actress ("Dangerous") & Walter Brennan picked up his 2nd Best Supporting Actor Oscar, this for "Kentucky". And the 1994 winners were Tom Hanks (his 2nd straight Best Actor for-- "Forrest Gump" after "Philadelphia"), Jessica Lange (Best Actress for "Blue Sky"), & Dianne Wiest (Best Supporting Actress for "Bullets Over Broadway"). And will 2013 match that? Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips") & Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") are potential Best Actor winners, Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") & Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") seem certain Best Actress contenders; Melissa Leo could win Best Supporting Actress (again) for "Prisoners"; & ...
Giving up sarcasm and faux-cynicism for Lent has really left me with little to say. (I know, I know - 'Lucky us!') It's like Fun Bobby when he gives up drinking! Actually, I did watch an uplifting double feature last night - 'Soul Surfer' about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm from a Shark Attack; and 'Boys Town' with Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan, about the founding of the titular refuge for troubled boys near Omaha during the early 20th century. Both were inspirational and surprisingly, not overly corny, to my taste. THAT'S what I'll do this Lent - discuss movies, music, etc that inspire me! I've found my purpose!
When I came to LA many years ago I was friend's with an older actor who has since passed. He was a child actor and worked with Spencer Tracy and Wallace Berry. He played Pee Wee in Boys Town. We would meet for tea and he always called me the youngin. He would go to the Comedy Clubs to see me and always encouraged me, yet sometimes worried about me. He said," Have the Wisdom of the Serpent but stay as Gentle as a Dove," Thank you Bobs, I Do.
Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan in Boys Town is the right amount of feel good cheese to kick off Christmas. Merry Christmas tweeps!
Classic movie fans: 'Boys Town' (1938) with Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy is on now on TCMHD (DirecTV channel 256).
Alright. So to those who follow along, I warn you that as we slip into the holiday season, my entries might tend to get sappy. But anyway, here it goes. This is part of something I was playing with this morning. In 1938, Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney did a film known as Boys Town. Father Flanagan, played by Tracy, was a priest who believed this: “There is one thing I know, that I really know. And that is there is no such thing in the world as a bad boy. I’m sure of that.” Father Flanagan built a home for troubled boys. He helped them and taught them how to work and to help themselves. He lent redemption to those who found themselves irredeemable and I know what this means because I lived in a place like this. Rooney played the part of Whitey Marsh. Whitey was a street kid, sent to Boys Town by his older brother, an otherwise gangster, with hopes that Whitey could live a clean life But marsh was cocky and he didn’t listen. He was a young con, trying to beat the system, and towards the end of the ...
Watching a Spencer Tracy Film Festival-"Boys Town", "Father of the Bride" with Elizabeth Taylor.
It's Spencer Tracy night on Turner Classic Movies. Just finished watching Boys Town. Hadn't seen it in a while and had forgotten what a ham actor Mickey Rooney, who played Whitey, could be. Thankfully Spencer evened the pace. Still to come is Father of the Bride, Bad Day at Black Rock, Old Man and The Sea, Captains Courageous, and The Mountain. I'll be recording them all so I won't miss them.
My boys are watching an old classic movie called "Boys Town," (Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney) towards the end of learnin time, to help build character and compassion. It's excellent!! Adults should watch it too..They can't wait to watch the rest of it tomorrow!!Today they learned how to make their own compass and how to tell their location by the sun, all while in and near their tent in our woods. I surprised myself on how much fun it was. :)
I love watching Mad Men and old movies on Sunday. I'm watching Boys Town for the first time with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. It makes me greatful to God that boy doesn't need to live there. But this movie makes me think about how many boys and girls need to live there now.
Boys Town with Spencer Tracy, one of my favorites..better than alcohol consumption!
Watching "Boys Town" on TCM! *** they just don't make 'em like this anymore and they sure as *** don't make 'em like Spencer Tracy either. Helluva shame!
Great early Sunday morning movie on TCM."Boys Town".Spencer Tracy and Micky Rooney
In an Oscar given to Spencer Tracy for Boys Town in 1938, what was wrong with the Oscar?
Boys Town: Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney both won Oscars(R) in 1938 for their work in this touching and inspir...
Spencer Tracy won Oscar in 1938 movie: Boys Town. Mickey Rooney was outstanding as anti hero.
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