Boys Town

Mortgages, and bills, and debts!
Be reasonable.

First you started with five boys,
then it was 20, then it was 50.

With this place,
you'd be looking for 100 boys.

- 500.
- All right, 500. What?

How you going to get the money?
How you going to do it? It's crazy.

Well, maybe you're right.
- What did you say?
- Maybe you're right.

Eddie, don't you feel well?
Maybe it's just a dream
that I'll never see fulfilled.

It seems a shame though,
a lot of boys cheated out of the chance...

to live a nice, decent life out in the open,
where they belong.

Stop it.
- How many acres?
- Over 200.

But you can't handle
as big a thing as this...

without a lot of public support,

I haven't been a bad risk so far, have I?
No, you've paid back everything.
How, I don't know. It isn't that.

But this time you're biting off
more than you can chew.

The newspapers aren't friendly to you,
as it is.

- What do you think they'll say about this?
- I know.

- What do you suggest?
- Hargraves.

He owns the most powerful string
of newspapers in the Middle West.

And he's a tough nut to crack.
You get Hargraves behind you,
and maybe I can handle it.

That's fair, Dave.
All right, here you are. It's a bargain.
Nothing doing. Not till you get Hargraves.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.

- How do you do, Father?
- Good morning, Mr. Hargraves.

We haven't met before, but I know of you.
Well, that shortens preliminaries.
- Can I help you?
- Do you want to?

If you mean, do I indorse your work,
I don't, I'm sorry to say.

Well, that's all right.
But why do you go out of your way
to hurt me?

There's a feeling in official circles
that you're setting up a tacit criticism...

of things as they are.
There was the same feeling when Newton
suspected the law of gravitation.

There's also a feeling that the sooner
you're discouraged, the better.

For yourself, too.
- No one questions your intentions.
- But I'm paving the lower regions, huh?

Mr. Hargraves, I have 50 boys I've taken
from the slums and the streets.

Right now they're on their way
to becoming confident human beings.

I can do the same with 500.
Boys like that get their chances
in institutions.