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Hard to Handle (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 January 1933 (USA)
Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Wilson Mizner (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Lefty Merrill
Mary Brian ... Ruth Waters
Allen Jenkins ... Radio Announcer
Ruth Donnelly ... Lil Waters
Claire Dodd ... Marlene Reeves
Robert McWade ... Charles Reeves
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Storyline

Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is over, he's forced to come up with a series of cons to help pay it back. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The Movies' Prodigal Son-of-a-Gun is back again! Faster and funnier than "Winner Take All" and "Blonde Crazy"! Caveman Cagney turns on the heat! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bad Boy See more »

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Budget:

$189,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The uncredited character "Ralph Blackman - band leader" is a parody of the famous bandleader Paul Whiteman. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the dance marathon Lefty says that the prize money (10 $100 bills) is fresh from the US Mint. The US Mint produces coins. Paper money is produced by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. See more »

Quotes

Lefty Merrill: What do I know about grapefruit? I never even saw a grapefruit!
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Soundtracks

A Great Big Bunch of You
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening dance marathon sequence
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"I'd marry Tarzan of the Apes for a year's rent"
21 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Early James Cagney movie about a broke hustler who wants to marry a girl but her shrewish mother is dead set on making sure her daughter marries into money. I feel like I'm missing something here. I love Cagney movies and this one has a good score and some positive reviews. Yet I wasn't impressed with it. Cagney's the whole show with a boundless energy that is enjoyable enough but the story is just weak. I didn't laugh once and this is supposed to be (at least partially) a comedy. I also see some praise for Ruth Donnelly but she really got on my nerves throughout the whole picture. It's really more of how the part is written than her acting. I'd still recommend it to Cagney fans but others might be better off finding something else to do for an hour.


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