Johnny Holiday

  • 1949
  • 1 HR 34 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

This interesting and sensitive study of juvenile delinquents is loosely based on the early life of its producer, Alcorn. Martin is a good kid who falls under the influence of local hood Clements. Caught in a robbery, Martin is sent to the Indiana Boys School, a home for wayward youths, where he is befriended by guard Bendix. Clements, who is picked up on...read more

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This interesting and sensitive study of juvenile delinquents is loosely based on the early life of its producer, Alcorn. Martin is a good kid who falls under the influence of local hood Clements. Caught in a robbery, Martin is sent to the Indiana Boys School, a home for wayward youths,

where he is befriended by guard Bendix. Clements, who is picked up on a different charge, is also sent to the home. Once more they team up, but Martin discovers new interests and, in one of the film's best scenes, is forced to kill a horse he loves so its foal may live. Cameo appearances include

Carmichael singing "My Christmas Song for You" at a school celebration. Indiana governor Schricker makes an appearance, delivering a speech at the school. The film was shot on location with the school inmates playing extras. This lends a certain air of realism to the film. The direction is tight,

with a semi-documentary style pre-dating the similar French classic THE 400 BLOWS.

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