Meanwhile, at the bar where Archie hangs out, bartender Barney (Billy Halop, another of the original Dead End Kids) points out tough ex-footballer Steve (Philip Carey). "I don't care if he comes in for a beer, but I don't want his. . .friends. . . turning this place into a hangout."
Archie confronts Steve, who admits that he is, indeed, gay. Archie refuses to believe it, and as proof, challenges him to an arm wrestling contest. Steve wins, but he's still gay.
It's not exactly a gay pride moment. The moral is: appearances can be deceiving, so don't judge until you have all the facts. Being gay is still reprehensible, something heterosexuals "judge."
Philip Carey was a long-term Hollywood tough guy with starring roles in The 77th Bengal Lancers, Lancer, and Tonka, with Sal Mineo (top photo). He went on to play Asa Buchanan on One Life to Live (1987-2008).