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The Hard Guy (1930)

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An unemployed man hangs around his flat.

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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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6 September 1930 (USA)  »

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This short film is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Little Caesar (1931). See more »

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

Quotes

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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A Six Minute Shot for Spencer Tracy
28 November 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In the poor and crime-riddled section of New York City known as "Hell's Kitchen", young Spencer Tracy (as Guy) worries about providing for his wife Katharine Alexander (as Ellen) and their little daughter. Despondent and unemployed, Mr. Tracy gets ready to read the "classified" section of the newspaper. Times are hard. "Are there no men wanted in the paper?" asks Ms. Alexander. "Yeah, there's a lot of them - wanted by the police," Tracy replies. Looking for a winter coat, Tracy finds an old army gun in a trunk. This gives him an idea. Tracy takes the gun and goes out - intending to bring home food and a doll for little Doris...

****** The Hard Guy (9/6/30) Arthur Hurley ~ Spencer Tracy, Katharine Alexander, Valli Roberts, Arch Hendricks


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