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The Hard Guy (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Short | 6 September 1930 (USA)
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 »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Tracy shows his talent in this early short.
27 April 2005 | by TrajSee all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this early Tracy short on TCM. I haven't seen a Spencer Tracy movie yet that I didn't like. In the first minute of this movie I quickly realized that Spencer Tracy's talent was natural. Here it was in 1930 in his 3rd film looking as seasoned an actor that he was much later. He looked out of place with the other actors only because they seemed awkwardly amateurish next to him. Okay, so there were only 4 other actors, but you could see how he made it big- time. It was fun to see him so young in the film. I rate this 7 minute film a 9 out of 10 only because of the limited talent that surrounded Tracy. I recommend this film. It is a must for all Spencer Tracy fans.


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