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Tough Guy (1936)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 January 1936 (USA)
An unhappy child, accompanied by his dog, runs away from home and is befriended by a gangster on the lam.


(original story and screenplay), (original story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Frederick Martindale 'Freddie' Vincent, III
Duke - Freddie's Dog
Dr. Mulback - Veterinarian
Tony - Gangster
Chi - Gangster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davis (scenes deleted)


An unhappy child, accompanied by his dog, runs away from home and is befriended by a gangster on the lam.

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"You stick to me, kid, and you'll have the time of your life" (original lobby card 4) See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Getaway  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 29 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Honolulu 6 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia 14 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Miami 15 May 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by New Haven CT 6 June 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Chicago 25 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Norfolk VA 28 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Cleveland 4 November 1957 on WJW (Channel 8) and by Seattle 20 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it was first telecast in San Francisco 19 July 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Spokane 27 August 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6) ; in New York City its earliest documented telecast took place Thursday 30 March 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


In the Chief's office at the police station, there is a large map covering the wall behind the Chief's desk, showing much of Eastern Los Angeles County (California), and a bit of San Bernardino County to the East of that. Most of the cities are placed more or less correctly on the map in relation to one another, although the distances between them are not always to scale. Two exceptions are Azusa and Glendora, which are shown above (North) of Ontario and East of Pomona. Both Azusa and Glendale are several miles to the West of Pomona and even farther away from Ontario. See more »


Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: [the Chief refuses to let the crook go free to try and find the missing boy] All right, wise guy. Be smart and see what happens.
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: [to the cop standing by him] Take me back, flatfoot. I'm fed up.
Mr. Frederick Martindale Vincent II: Chief, you can't let him go. What about my boy?
Joseph 'Joe' Calerno: You think I took that kid, don't you? Well, I didn't.I didn't even want him. I tried to make him go back to you, but he wouldn't go. What do you know about that, huh? A swell papa you are! Not even lettin' him have a dog. Why, that kid was happier with me ...
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Hit the Road, Jackie
27 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Southern California rich kid Jackie Cooper (as Frederick "Freddie" Martindale Vincent III) runs away from home when his wealthy widower father tells the boy he can't keep his dog "Duke" (a role credited to Rin Tin Tin Jr., billed as a canine offspring of the most successful animal star at the time). Young Cooper and his German Sheppard hit the streets as hitchhikers. Unable to get picked-up, Cooper and "Duke" jump a truck. In quick succession, they are caught in a gangster shoot-out, kidnapped and taken hostage by convicted bank robber Joseph Calleia (as Joseph "Joe" Calerno)...

While trying to avoid detectives and disgruntled gangsters, Cooper and Mr. Calleia bond; they sleep, swim and toast marshmallows together. Cooper eventually finds himself in even greater danger, with Calleia, "Duke" and father Robert Warwick (as Frederick Martindale Vincent II) struggling to save the lad's life. Veteran humanitarian Jean Hersholt appears nicely as a La Crescenta veterinarian. "Tough Guy" is a formula film with subversive undertones. The co-stars perform well. Calleia and veteran director Chester M. Franklin skillfully bring it to a captivating, bang-up ending.

******* Tough Guy (1/24/36) Chester M. Franklin ~ Jackie Cooper, Joseph Calleia, Harvey Stephens, Jean Hersholt

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