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The Hard Way (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 20 February 1943 (USA)
Embittered, ambitious Helen Sherman sees an opportunity to escape her drab small-town life by becoming a 'stage mother' to her musically-talented younger sister.

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Ambitious Helen Chernin (Ida Lupino) pushes her talented younger sister Katherine (Joan Leslie) into marriage with broken down song-and-dance man Albert Runkel (Jack Carson) so that the two women can leave the dirty steel town where they live. Runkel's partner Paul Collins (Dennis Morgan), however, sees through Helen's plan. Helen continues driving her sister's career and eventually Katherine becomes a star on Broadway, while Runkel and Collins' act flounders. Success soon goes to Katherine's head and she becomes a fast-living party girl. Time passes and Helen and Katherine run into Paul, now a successful band leader. He and Katherine soon fall in love. The two sisters eventually have a showdown on opening night of Katherine's latest show when Katherine discovers that Helen is also in love with Paul. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A nehéz út  »

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Trivia

Per director Vincent Sherman, the film was actually based on dancer-actress Ginger Rogers' relationship with her quintessential stage-mother, Lela E. Rogers. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film Dennis Morgan takes a seat to see Joan Leslie's play. He is seated next to a young woman. The next time the camera cuts to him he is in the same seat, but sitting next to an older woman wearing completely different clothing. See more »

Quotes

Laura Britton: [With unintentioned irony to Helen and Katie] You know, you're the only two sisters I've met who never quarrel. It's a beautiful thing!
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Featured in Hollywood Canteen (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll String Along with You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson at a vaudeville show and danced by Joan Leslie
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An unforgettable movie-it still holds up after 56 years
14 December 1998 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

The stars- Lupino, Leslie, Morgan and Carson give great performances. Leslie was only 17 when she made this movie- she gives the best performance of her career. Morgan was always underrated as both a singer and actor. Lupino should have gotten the Academy Award for this. The movie has drama plus good songs from an earlier time. It's surprising, but Leslie was essentially finished as a star at 25. She was delectable.


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