An unemployed man hangs around his flat.



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Ellen (as Katherine Alexander)


Married couple Guy and Ellen, who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, are having a hard time making ends meet since Guy can't find a job. It is especially difficult for them as they have to worry about providing for their daughter, Doris, who is suffering from vitamin deficiency due to malnutrition. As Guy reads through the want ads in the newspaper often reading of crimes on the street instead, and as he searches through his old army trunk looking for his warm winter coat to pound the pavement while finding other army related items in the trunk, he may have other ideas on how to provide for his family. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Short






Release Date:

6 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tough Guy  »

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Vitaphone reel #1036. See more »


Guy refers to his automatic handgun as "the old Army revolver". See more »


Ellen: Guy, you're getting hard-boiled again.
Guy: [standing at window] Well, I been in hot water long enough to get hard-boiled. Look at 'em... Boy, what a goofy world - a lot of guys bent from too much work and other guys going crooked for the lack of it.
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This is the shortest "short" I have ever seen!!
13 May 2002 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is only 6 minutes long and only interesting because it is Spencer Tracy's second film. It is all about an unemployed man trying to find food for his wife and child. Although the description says that it is a drama, I thought the ending was a bit funny. But, like I said, it is a VERY short film!!

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