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The Hard Guy (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Short | 6 September 1930 (USA)
An unemployed man hangs around his flat.

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Married couple Guy and Ellen, who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, are having a hard time making ends meet since Guy can't find a job. It is especially difficult for them as they have to worry about providing for their daughter, Doris, who is suffering from vitamin deficiency due to malnutrition. As Guy reads through the want ads in the newspaper often reading of crimes on the street instead, and as he searches through his old army trunk looking for his warm winter coat to pound the pavement while finding other army related items in the trunk, he may have other ideas on how to provide for his family. Written by Huggo

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This short film is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Little Caesar (1931). See more »

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Guy refers to his automatic handgun as "the old Army revolver". See more »

Quotes

Ellen: Guy, you're getting hard-boiled again.
Guy: [standing at window] Well, I been in hot water long enough to get hard-boiled. Look at 'em... Boy, what a goofy world - a lot of guys bent from too much work and other guys going crooked for the lack of it.
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a short with a happy ending
12 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

My first thought when I saw it was that this short is something you would never see now. A short film with a happy ending seems to be something unattainable in this generation. Anyway that being said it's neither a great nor a bad short. A man and his wife are trying to feed and provide for their child. The man goes out, hoping to find a job, but first grabs his revolver. His wife find the revolver in the coat and is scared. He goes out with the gun and returns with a haul. His wife assumes that he stole the things after hearing a commotion downstairs with a police officer chasing after. Finally he tells her he sold the gun. Spencer Tracy is young and an okay actor. In my opinion just as he always was. If you want to see an entertaining movie with Spencer Tracy, try "Desk Set." It is apolitical and is a pretty cute comedy involving a mad computer and a coupl'a risqué librarians.


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