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Tough Kid (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 December 1938 (USA)
Skipper Murphy is serving as trainer and inspiration for his brother Red Murphy training for a world championship title bout. Trouble comes for the Murphys when Red runs up against a ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Wellyn Totman (screenplay), Brenda Weisberg (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frankie Darro ... 'Skipper' Murphy
Dick Purcell ... 'Red' Murphy
Judith Allen ... Ruth Lane
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Katie Murphy
Don Rowan ... Bill Grogan
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Monk -Club Owner
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Regan - Policeman
Ralph Peters ... Blackie - Henchman
Max Marx Max Marx ... Britt - Henchman
Jean Joyce Jean Joyce ... Miss Grace - Radford's Nurse
Cliff Howell Cliff Howell ... Radio Commentator
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Henchman
Wilbur Mack ... 'Doc' Radford
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Skipper Murphy is serving as trainer and inspiration for his brother Red Murphy training for a world championship title bout. Trouble comes for the Murphys when Red runs up against a gambling syndicate and is put on the spot to throw the fight. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A plucky Irish kid sees red when crooked gamblers work the double-cross on his big brother...and starts a one-man war to put them in the big house! (original poster) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El afortunado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Sunday 16 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Thursday 20 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Lively If Unexceptional
6 June 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Snappy little Monogram programmer that hardly stops for a breath. Good thing since the plot's none too original. Seems young Skipper (Darro) helps train his brother Red (Purcell) who's on his way to a championship fight he's expected to win. Trouble is gamblers get involved and blackmail Red into losing the fight by hijacking his intended wife (Allen) through an elaborate scheme. But will Darro and buddies stand for it.

Darro's Darro, a junior sized dynamo who doesn't walk from here to there, but bolts instead, maybe a younger version of the great Cagney. Here however he's basically a nice kid, concerned with his brother and aging mother. In many ways Darro personified youthful fighting spirit of the Depression Era 30's, especially in that underrated Wild Boys Of The Road (1933). On the other hand actor Purcell hardly registers, but that's okay since Darro carries the film. Don't look for much eye candy, but do expect a ton of boxing in the ring, maybe too much for the hour's runtime.

All in all, it's a spirited exercise with some suspense since we can't be sure whether Red will throw the big fight or not.


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