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Let's Get Tough! (1942)

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

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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... See more »

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Little MacArthurs  »

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This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Tuesday 11 April 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Muggs: [watching a parade of troops march by] Okay, boys, we've seen enough. Come on.
Danny Connors: Why? Where're we going?
Muggs: We're gonna clean up on some Japs.
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Followed by Smart Alecks (1942) See more »

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Fair East Side Kids Material, Of Interest For the Historical Context
29 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

For the most part, the material in this East Side Kids feature is, in itself, fair to about average for the series. The main point of interest comes in its depiction of the gang in the days following Pearl Harbor, when the national mood had swung suddenly in favor of war with Japan. Like a good number of other movies in this era, including others in the same series, this one takes many opportunities to promote its version of patriotism.

The story has the gang turned away from the enlistment offices because of their young ages, and proceeding instead to channel their energies into taking on a local group of Axis spies and sympathizers. The stereotyped depictions of the Japanese and German characters may not have elicited any significant degree of objection at the time, but they are very obvious now. Only the generally comic tone of the movie keeps them from becoming a more serious flaw.

In itself, the story and the movie do have their share of good moments, usually when Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, and the rest are allowed to indulge their free-wheeling style for a bit. There are better features in the series, but this one is all right, and it provides an interesting example of the many kinds of movies, stars, and genres from the early 1940s that showed a strong wartime influence.


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