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Boys Beware

Boys Beware
Produced by Sid Davis
Starring Sid Davis
Distributed by Sidney Davis Productions
Release dates
Running time
10 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $1,000

Boys Beware is a drama short social guidance film released through Sid Davis Productions. It deals with a perceived danger to young boys from predatory homosexuals. The film was released in 1961 and, under the copyright laws in the United States at the time of its release, has lapsed into the public domain and is available from the Rick Prelinger archives.


  • Summary 1
  • Reception 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The film, shot entirely in the Rockefeller Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California and produced with the cooperation of the city's police department and the Inglewood Unified School District, is narrated by a police detective who is on his way to a school meeting to discuss the issue of hidden sexual predators that attempt to lure young adolescent males.[1]

Aside from the film's early 1960s-culturally influenced conclusion that homosexual men are inherently dangerous to young boys, the film has been noted for its unusual perception of police procedure: one boy, named Jimmy, is taken to a hotel, presumably to be molested, and later reports the crime. The perpetrator is arrested; the victim is put on probation. This could be seen as an instance of victim blaming.

Another incautious, unsuspecting boy, Mike, is killed one night, having "traded his life for a newspaper headline".

A third boy, Denny, is tricked into entering a man's car. The man is arrested after the boy's friend, Jerry, marks down the car's registration plate and subsequently reported it to police.

A fourth, Bobby, has a narrow escape, having realized he was being tailed by a man (played by Davis himself) who was in the beachside changing room where he and his young friends had been earlier.

The film.

The film equates homosexuals with child molesters and pedophiles, repeatedly describing homosexuality as a mental illness. True to the stereotypes of its time, the gay men in the film have moustaches, sunglasses and/or bow ties.

The film has other odd moments, probably the result of its $1,000 shoestring budget ($7891.98 when adjusted for inflation)—a minuscule sum for a short film, even in 1961. Most notably, in the third scenario, the stranger is seen driving the same car (a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne) as the detective.[2]

Davis was friendly with the police in Southern California and would accept their suggestions of topics to make films about, allowing them to guide the films' message and development.

A full-color version of the film was made in 1973, titled Boys Aware, using the same script and soundtrack with different actors.[3] A third edition of the film was produced in 1979.[4]

Playwright Max Sparber's play The Older Gentleman set in rural Nebraska in the early '60s, includes a scene in which college students are shown Boys Beware in class.


Margalit Fox of The New York Times said in 2006 that the film was one of several of Sid Davis's films that "aged badly".[5]

In 2015, a Missouri high school teacher was suspended after showing Boys Beware to his students.[6]


See also


  1. ^ THE TEENAGE TERROR IN THE SCHOOLS - J Garrison - American Educational History Journal Volume 36, 2009]
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  5. ^ Fox, Margalit. "Sid Davis, 90, a Filmmaker of Cautionary Tales for Youth, Dies". The New York Times. November 9, 2006. Retrieved on February 27, 2013.
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