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Little Tough Guy (1938)

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

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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)

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Tough breaks for a family
7 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Little Tough Guy has Billy Halop and most of the rest of the Dead End Kids operating as a gang pulling off a number of petty crimes and led by a snotty young rich kid played by Jackie Searl. Halop doesn't start out that way though.

He and the rest of his family get a real lousy break when his father Edward Pawley out of work and desperate goes to work as a scab and gets involved in a labor riot. Pawley gets blamed for the death of another worker and gets the death penalty with first degree murder.

That was part of the story I couldn't buy. Granted the family didn't have a good defense lawyer, but the circumstances in no way indicate first degree murder. Everything happens then as they're forced to move to a bad neighborhood and Halop falls in with some tough slum kids who become Searl's gang.

Not the best of films Little Tough Guy doesn't compare with what the Dead End Kids did over at Warner Brothers. This feature for Universal just doesn't have the same production values. Still it's better than what was to come at Monogram.

Marjorie Main plays Halop's mother and she's miles from the hard working Ma Kettle. Here she's a slum version of Peg Bundy.

Huntz Hall was a revelation. This will be one of the few times you see Hall play it serious and he was effective.

Not a bad urban drama though Warner Brothers did them better.


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