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Little Tough Guy (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  22 July 1938 (USA)
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The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Wilcox ...
Paul Wilson
Helen Parrish ...
Kay Boylan
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Boylan
Jackie Searl ...
Cyril Gerrard
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Rita Belle
Helen MacKellar ...
Mrs. Wanamaker
Edward Pawley ...
Jim Boylan (as Ed Pawley)
Olin Howland ...
Baxter
Pat C. Flick ...
Peddler
Billy Halop ...
Johnny Boylan
Huntz Hall ...
Gabriel Dell ...
Bernard Punsly ...
Ape
Hal E. Chester ...
Dopey (as Hally Chester)
David Gorcey ...
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The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young man--who turns out to be the son of the District Attorney who sent the boy's father to the electric chair. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HERE AGAIN...TO JOLT YOU FROM YOUR SEATS! (original ad - all caps)

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Very Thought Provoking Movie
20 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film gives great insight as to how life was for many "street" kids in NYC right after the depression and it is eerily similar to the plight of street kids in NYC today. The "dead end kids" is an awesome name. They are wanna be thugs; Violent, aggressive, uneducated, beligerent, witty and daring. One kid even wears a yankee baseball jersey with # 3 on the back just like the kids wear Derek Jeter jerseys today.)

Up until a few years ago, the lower east side was a similarly tough area, except it was inhabited by mostly people of color. Gentrification began in the 90s and has since transformed the lower east side into an affluent, yuppie filled, unaffordable place to live for the average citizen of any color in NYC.

While watching the movie, I listened to the street-slang and trouble-making behavior of the "dead end kids", and I couldn't help but saying to myself that this would be a so called "hood" film if it had been made today, like "Juice" starring Omar Epps and Tupac. Funny how the names and faces have changed, but the story is still the same.

Being from NYC myself, I felt suspended in time while watching it. My Mom was 2 and my father(may he rest in peace) was 11 in 1938.


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