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The Hard Guy (1930)

An unemployed man hangs around his flat.

Director:

Arthur Hurley

Writers:

Betty Ross (story), Burnet Hershey (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Guy
Katharine Alexander ... Ellen (as Katherine Alexander)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Short

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tough Guy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Vitaphone Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone reel #1036. 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 Sneak Peek At Spencer Tracy
30 October 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Warner Brothers VITAPHONE Short Subject.

Hit by the Depression, THE HARD GUY has to find any means to get food for his wife and tiny daughter.

This very brief film is notable only for its look at a young Spencer Tracy, who manages to make something of even this almost evanescent role. Katherine Alexander plays his beleaguered spouse.

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Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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