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Release Date:
March 1943 (USA) See more »
Tommy Banning (Bobby Jordan) and his pals,"Pig" (Huntz Hall), "Ape" (Norman Abbott) and "String"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Huntz Hall ... Pig

Bobby Jordan ... Tommy
Gabriel Dell ... String
Norman Abbott ... Ape

Evelyn Ankers ... Sheila

Elyse Knox ... Suzanne

Frank Albertson ... Frank

Don Porter ... Jerry

Shemp Howard ... Binky

Samuel S. Hinds ... Carruthers
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Banning

Milburn Stone ... Duke Redman

Joan Marsh ... Lola
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... Dugan (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Roy Brent ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Chandlee ... Sammy (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Macklin (uncredited)
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Languid Customer (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Detective Sergeant (uncredited)

Jimmie Dodd ... Shorty (uncredited)

David Durand ... Bingo (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Lady in 'Poiple' (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Sharkey (uncredited)

Alice Fleming ... Matron (uncredited)

Jane Frazee ... Star in Moviehouse Film (uncredited)

William Gould ... First Detective (uncredited)
Robert F. Hill ... Personnel Manager (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Quink (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Jailer (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... McGann (uncredited)
Sidney Kibrick ... Kid at Meeting (uncredited)
Joe King ... Scott (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... Personnel Manager (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Customer (uncredited)

Paul McVey ... Mr. Meecham (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... Young Lover (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Personnel Manager (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Second Detective (uncredited)

Robert Paige ... Star in Moviehouse Film (uncredited)
Budge Patty ... Second Student (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Thug (uncredited)

Janet Shaw ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jack C. Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... Mike (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Miss Billings (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Meegan (uncredited)
Harriet Vine ... Young Lover (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... First Student (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Christy Cabanne 
Writing credits
Brenda Weisberg (screenplay)

Edward Handler (original story) and
Robert Gordon (original story)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner (director of photography) (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Ray Snyder 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy 
John B. Goodman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Edward R. Robinson  (as E. R. Robinson)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Valle .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Paul Neal .... sound technician
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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USA:66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Billy Halop and Bernard Punsly, usually members of the gang, were not in this picture because they had been drafted into the army. Huntz Hall, for the first and only time in his career with the gang, received top billing.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The rest of the story., 23 April 2006

While this one still has THE DEAD END KIDS and Little Tough Guys (cased as shown)above the title and on all of the posters, cards and ads connected to this film, The Little Tough Guys are just mentioned primarily because the type was already set.

Tommy (Bobby Jordan) and his pals, The Dead End Kids --- "Pig" (Huntz Hall), "Ape"( Norman Abbott, Bud Abbott's nephew)and "String" (Gabriel Dell)---have jobs in a department store where store executive Frank (Frank Albertson)is romantically attracted to Sheila (Evelyn Ankers.) Frank is also secretly involved with a gang of truck hi-jackers. When a load of silk is to be hi-jacked, he tries to involve Tommy in the theft, but Tommy rejects his proposition.

Frank frames Tommy with the theft of some jewelry. Tommy is jailed and his friends are fired. Tommy is befriended by Jerry (Don Porter), who also has an interest in Sheila, but shallow Sheila remains loyal to Frank without knowing of his criminal activities.

Released on bail, Tommy follows Frank to a warehouse where the gang is plotting to hi-jack one of the store's trucks. Tommy rounds up his pals and they return to the warehouse and the slug'em donnybrook is on.

This one gets extra points just because Elyse Knox is also on hand.

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