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Hard to Handle (1933)

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Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lefty Merrill
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Ruth Waters
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Ruth Donnelly ...
Lil Waters
Claire Dodd ...
Marlene Reeves
Robert McWade ...
Charles Reeves
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Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is over, he's forced to come up with a series of cons to help pay it back. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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28 January 1933 (USA)  »

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A Bad Boy  »

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$189,000 (estimated)
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There is no accounting for nicknames, but "Lefty" Merrill writes and drinks with his right hand. See more »

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The Prisoner's Song
(1924) (uncredited)
Written by Guy Massey
Played on piano by Ruth Donnelly
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Fair Cagney
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hard to Handle (1933)

** (out of 4)

James Cagney plays a hustler who fixes contests where the winners get a small amount of money while he makes it rich. Once again we get Cagney playing a fast talker and for the most part the film remains entertaining, although it's certainly lite all around. Mary Brian is great as the love interest and Ruth Donnelly steals the show as her loud mouth mother. There's a nice spoof of the grapefruit scene from The Public Enemy.

As of now this one isn't available on DVD so you'll have to keep your eyes on Turner Classic Movies.


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