The family of legendary actor Spencer Tracy have visited a home for troubled youth featured in his 1938 film BOY'S TOWN - on the 65th anniversary of the movie's release.

Tracy, who died in 1967, won an OSCAR in the role of REVEREND EDWARD FLANAGAN - a priest who set up the haven to provide hope for children in strife.

After filming on the movie was finished, Tracy not only handed his Oscar to the Reverend but also visited twice and helped raise funds to keep it going.

His grandson JOE TRACY told reporters, "Father Flanagan was one of his real heroes."

28/07/2003 02:38