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The Boy Who Caught a Crook

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Old-fashioned crime tale is hokey, sometimes brutal.

Movie NR 1961 72 minutes
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Black-and-white, terminally old-fashioned, with vast holes in both logic and continuity, The Boy Who Caught a Crook is unlikely to appeal to most people except as an example of 1960s B-movies.

The director, Edward L. Cahn, is famous for scores of cheap, poorly written crime thrillers, prison movies, and westerns, some of which are cult favorites. But this movie, despite a likeable juvenile hero and a sweet old man, is far from noteworthy. Moments of brutality and an unlikely resolution to the core mystery are other key reasons why the film offers little for a family audience.

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