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Hard to Handle (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 January 1933 (USA)
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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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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"Flirting" power-Anti-Freeze Kisses and 1933 Latest Model Lovemaking (Print ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira N.Y.)) 2 February 1933) See more »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is no accounting for nicknames, but "Lefty" Merrill writes and drinks with his right hand. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the dance marathon Lefty says that the prize money (10 $100 bills) is fresh from the US Mint. The US Mint produces coins. Paper money is produced by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. See more »

Quotes

Lefty Merrill: What do I know about grapefruit? I never even saw a grapefruit!
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Soundtracks

M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World To Me
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Played at the dance marathon
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Still funny
8 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film holds up really well and can still raise a laugh.The mother is hilarious as she sways to and from Cagney as a prospective husband for her daughter according to his financial position at the time. The film breezes along with some predictability but the sparkling script and entertaining cast more than compensate. A great pity that the film is unavailable but I recorded it on Channel 4 in the UK some years ago and was pleased that I have now finally got round to watching it! Set during the Depression era, the opening marathon dance scenes sequences capture the desperation of the poverty-stricken at that time who would do almost anything to get ahead.The power of advertising and the gullibility of the public are admirably portrayed with a tongue-in-cheek humour that constantly appearing throughout the film. I laughed out loud several times which has not always been the case when I have been watching so-called comedies of recent times!


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