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Let's Get Tough! (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 May 1942 (USA)
The East Side Kids take on a gang of Japanese spies.

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Harvey Gates (original story), Harvey Gates (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Gabriel Dell ... Fritz Heinbach
Tom Brown ... Phil
Florence Rice ... Nora Stevens
Robert Armstrong ... Pop Stevens
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrisson)
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Skinny
Sam Bernard ... Heinback Sr.
Philip Ahn ... Joe Matsui (as Phil Ahn)
Jerry Bergen Jerry Bergen ... Music Master
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Storyline

Outraged by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muggs, Danny, and the rest of their gang want to enlist. Turned away because of their age, they take out their frustration by harassing an Asian shopkeeper. When the shopkeeper is found dead soon afterward, the boys learn that he was Chinese, not Japanese. Determined to atone for their behavior, the gang stumbles across evidence that a real group of Japanese spies is operating in the area, and they become determined to expose them. Meanwhile, Danny is troubled further by the news that his older brother has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy. Written by Snow Leopard

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The BOWERY Joins The UNITED NATIONS !(original print ad) See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little MacArthurs See more »

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Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Ahn who plays the Japanese character Matsui was Korean. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Muggs: Awe, don't feel bad. We'll take you on your honeymoon. Come on, let's go! See you in Tokyo, Papa!
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Followed by 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942) See more »

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Turning Japanese
15 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Following the World War II Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, "The Eastside Kids": Leo Gorcey (as Muggs), Bobby Jordan (as Danny Connors), Huntz Hall (as Glimpy), David Gorcey (as Peewee), Ernest Morrison (as Scruno), and Bobby Stone (as Skinny) want to serve their country. But, both the U.S. Army and Navy reject them as too young. Still wanting to "knock off about a million Japs", the "boys" attack an Asian clerk, who turns out to be Chinese. The unfortunate incident does, however, lead the gang to help uncover some really nasty Japanese and German people.

If "too young" is defined as "under twenty-one", only Mr. Jordan and Mr. Stone would be rejected for military service. But, it's possible recruiters were turned off by the office manners displayed by Mr. Gorcey and Mr. Hall. "Let's Get Tough!" was made during what the script accurately describes as "open season on Japs" - for this and other reasons, it hasn't aged well. It's a wasted effort, but the regulars performs ably, with Tom Brown moving the storyline along, as Jordan's spy brother.

*** Let's Get Tough! (5/29/42) Wallace Fox ~ Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Tom Brown


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