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Let's Get Tough! (1942)

 -  Comedy  -  29 May 1942 (USA)
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The East Side Kids take on a gang of Japanese spies.

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Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Danny
Huntz Hall ...
Glimpy
Gabriel Dell ...
Fritz Heinbach
Tom Brown ...
Phil
Florence Rice ...
Nora Stevens
Robert Armstrong ...
Pop Stevens
David Gorcey ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrisson)
Bobby Stone ...
Skinny
Sam Bernard ...
Heinback Sr.
Philip Ahn ...
Joe Matsui (as Phil Ahn)
Jerry Bergen ...
Music Master
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Outraged by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muggs, Danny, and the rest of their gang want to enlist. Turned away because of their age, they take out their frustration by harassing an Asian shopkeeper. When the shopkeeper is found dead soon afterward, the boys learn that he was Chinese, not Japanese. Determined to atone for their behavior, the gang stumbles across evidence that a real group of Japanese spies is operating in the area, and they become determined to expose them. Meanwhile, Danny is troubled further by the news that his older brother has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy. Written by Snow Leopard

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Those East Side shock troops deliver a "kiss" to Hitler's and Hirohito's henchmen over here...and smash a giant spy ring (original print ad) See more »

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29 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Little MacArthurs  »

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Muggs: Uh-oh, there goes Little Red Riding Hood. A beautiful piece of Hari-Kiri.
Glimpy: What do you mean Hari-Kiri? He committed suicide.
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Let's Get.....a little more funny?
14 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise here: the East Side Kids vs. Axis spies is pretty cool. I'd have loved to have seen it well executed. Unfortunately that doesn't happen here.

I cut the East Side Kid movies a lot of slack where production values and plot coherence are concerned because I usually find them very entertaining anyway. For me, the best part of these movies is the humorous interaction between the characters and sometimes the goofy, even improbable story lines. This movie though, is not funny, and it's only marginally entertaining at best. Most of the humor either feels forced or plain just doesn't work.

So what's good about this one? I do like that when the boys realized the error of their ways they didn't just apologize but took action to make up for their mistake. In that sense this movie shows some of the heart for which the series is known. Robert Armstrong is good in his tiny role and Florence Rice has a great smile. This is also the outing where the boys end the film dressed in the uniforms of the various branches of the service, which is a fun little moment, even though they were denied enlistment earlier in the film due to their young age.

Overall, while it did have a little heart, it lacked fun and seemed too forced or rushed.


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