May 092019
 

The Mighty McGurk is a well acted adventure-drama featuring two wonderous performances from Wallace Beery and Dean Stockwell when he was a child actor.

 

 

The Mighty McGurk
— Warner Archive Collection —

(1947)

Genre(s): Drama, Adventure
Warner Archive | NR – 85 min. – $19.99 | April 2, 2019

Date Published: 05/09/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: John Waters

Writer(s): William R. Lipman, Grant Garrett and Harry Clork (original screenplay)
Cast: Wallace Beery, Dean Stockwell, Edward Arnold, Aline MacMahon
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer

Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: None
Region(s): 1

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

PLOT SYNOPSIS


In 1900 in the Bowery, former prize fighter “Slag” McGurk (WALLACE BEERY) grows disenchanted when his protégé, Johnny Burden (Cameron Mitchell), leaves boxing to join the Salvation Army. Slag inadvertently becomes involved with lost young orphan Nipper (DEAN STOCKWELL), who’s searching for his wealthy uncle. Greedily hoping for a reward, Slag helps Nipper, but when Johnny threatens to have the boy taken away, Slag agrees to give up his rowdy ways and join the Salvation Army to retain Nipper.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


Only feature included is the Trailer.

 

VIDEO – 3.75/5, AUDIO – 3.5/5


Warner Brothers Home Entertainment releases the movie through their MOD program, presented with a 1.37 full frame aspect ratio which actually doesn’t look half bad. There are some minor scratches and specs that do consistently crop up and it is on the softer side, but otherwise this black and white picture is decent enough. Similarly the Dolby Digital Mono track outputs fine dialogue levels with some minor pops and hissing here and there.

OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Mighty McGurk is a well acted adventure-drama featuring two wonderous performances from Wallace Beery and Dean Stockwell when he was a child actor. This Warner Archive release offers respectable video and audio transfers but as always, the features are basically non-existent.

 

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