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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 ...
Helen Parrish ...
Kay Boylan
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Boylan
Jackie Searl ...
Cyril Gerrard
Rita Belle
Helen MacKellar ...
Mrs. Wanaker
Edward Pawley ...
Jim Boylan (as Ed Pawley)
Olin Howland ...
Pat C. Flick ...
Billy Halop ...
Johnny Boylan
Huntz Hall ...
Gabriel Dell ...
Bernard Punsly ...
Hal E. Chester ...
Dopey (as Hally Chester)
David Gorcey ...


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

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22 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A dark and grim beginning
26 December 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Having been a fan of the Bowery Boys/East Side Kids, I eagerly grabbed this movie, expecting to see the wildly madcap misadventures of Mugs, Glimpy and the rest of the East Side Kids, boys whose misadventures stemmed from their being naughty, though not altogether bad, along with the local cops who tended to feel that the East Side Kids were a far bigger threat and who belonged behind bars. As a rule, the East Side Kids, in a race against time, with the law hot on their trails usually wound up making good and coming out the heroes in the end, by using their street smarts and their smart alack attitude. This was the general formula of the movies starring the East Side Kids. The East Side Kids were truly the kings of the B-grade movies.

With this in mind, I was at first disappointed in this movie. It was a grim and somewhat tragic story of a gang of boys stuck on the wrong side of the tracks and who, through circumstances beyond their control, wound up on the wrong side of the law, turning to crime.

Through it all, some of the character traits that would shine bright in their later movies, was apparent. There were some comic moments in this movie, though too few and far between in this movie.

In spite of my disappointment, this movie is one movie that I can watch over and over again.

A point of interest to the technical-minded viewer who loves to look for detail, the record changer in Cyril's house is a Capehart, one of the high end record changers at that time. And in the 1930s, this model cost more than the price of a new car!

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