Mendie Koenig: Last of the East Side Kids
Mendie joined Leo Gorcey and the gang in 1945, on the strength of his convincing portrayal of a street tough in his debut film, "River Gang" (starring Gloria Jean). This was shortly before Leo and Huntz revamped the series into the Bowery Boys, dealing out producer Sam Katzman in favor of their own agent, Jan Grippo, for a bigger piece of the profit pie.
The following is a tribute to Mendie -- "Last of the East Side Gang" -- which was intended to play like an old Monogram Pictures trailer of the period. More with Mendie to follow!