In answer to WPIX's weekly airings of classic Abbott & Costello comedies on Sundays, WNEW (now WNYW) would air the Bowery Boys, aka the East Side Kids, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at noon. More often than not, the movies only lasted an hour, setting up the station's afternoon movie block.
Leo Gorcey & Huntz Hall were the main stars, but, believe it or else, it was one of the supporting cast, Gabriel Dell, who'd find his way to primetime, as one of the stars of a short-lived ABC sitcom, The Corner Bar, in the mid-70's. Hall would make a guest appearance on the show, but, amazingly, it was underpublicized!
Following is a trailer for one of the gang's last pictures, "High Society":
They made you laugh, but you also cheered them on when they ganged up on the bad guys and handed out some beatdowns.