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Little Tough Guy (1938)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 22 July 1938 (USA)
The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young ... See full summary »

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Harold Young

Writers:

Gilson Brown (screenplay), Brenda Weisberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Wilcox ... Paul Wilson
Helen Parrish ... Kay Boylan
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Boylan
Jackie Searl ... Cyril Gerrard
Peggy Stewart ... Rita Belle
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Wanaker
Edward Pawley ... Jim Boylan (as Ed Pawley)
Olin Howland ... Baxter
Pat C. Flick Pat C. Flick ... Adolphus
Billy Halop ... Johnny Boylan
Huntz Hall ... 'Pig'
Gabriel Dell ... String
Bernard Punsly ... Ape
Hal E. Chester Hal E. Chester ... Dopey (as Hally Chester)
David Gorcey ... 'Sniper'
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The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young man--who turns out to be the son of the District Attorney who sent the boy's father to the electric chair. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HERE AGAIN...TO JOLT YOU FROM YOUR SEATS! (original ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En hård negl See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Movie is one of only two (out of 50-plus movies) in which Edward Pawley plays the "good guy"
16 January 2006 | by RCorder91See all my reviews

I have seen this movie and found it to be somewhat entertaining. It is one of only two movies in which the former Broadway star and (later) radio star (Big Town), Edward Pawley, plays the good guy! He plays the role of "Jim Boylan", father of "Johnny Boylan" (Billy Halop). Mr. Pawley usually played villainous roles in his more than 50 movies during a 10-year stint in Hollywood. One other exception was in the movie "Hoosier Schoolboy" in which he played the role of Captain Carter (Mickey Rooney's father)who was also a war hero with a drinking problem. Edward Pawley was probably best known in movies for his role as Danny Leggett (aka, Public Enemy Number One) in the James Cagney vehicle, "G-MEN." He also had feature roles in movies such as "The Oklahoma Kid" in which he played Humphrey Bogart's partner (Ace Doolin), "Romance of the Limberlost" in which he played Jean Parker's suitor (Jed Corson), Thirteen Women in which he played "Burns", Myrna Loy's accomplice in crime, "Romance On The Range" in which he played Roy Rogers' ranch boss and covert outlaw (Jerome Banning), et cetera, et cetera.


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