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Tough to Handle (1937)

Approved | | Action, Crime | 24 May 1937 (USA)
A young reporter's grandfather wins a sweepstakes, but it turns out that his ticket is phony. The reporter finds out that the police are looking for the criminal ring responsible for the ... See full summary »


S. Roy Luby


Peter B. Kyne (story "The Joy of Living"), Betty Laidlaw (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Frankie Darro ... Mike Sanford
Kane Richmond ... Joe MacIntyre
Phyllis Fraser ... Gloria Sanford
Harry Worth ... Tony Franco
Betty Burgess ... Myra George
Johnstone White ... Reggie Whitney (as Johnston White)
Burr Caruth Burr Caruth ... Grandpa Sanford
Stanley Price ... Jake
Nat Burns Nat Burns ... Nat - Night Club Comedian
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A young reporter's grandfather wins a sweepstakes, but it turns out that his ticket is phony. The reporter finds out that the police are looking for the criminal ring responsible for the phony-sweepstakes racket, so he and his young brother set out to track down the gang responsible and expose them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Thursday 7 October 1948 on WATV, New York City. West Coast televiewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Sunday 2 April 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Despite a few weaknesses in the ending, a dandy B-movie
21 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the late 30s and early 40s, Frankie Darro was a most unusual sort of leading man. He was tiny by most standards...jockey-sized even. And yet, in so many of his films he played an honest but tough guy who was good with his fists. There really isn't anyone like him today. In "Tough to Handle" he stars with Kane Richmond, a man known mostly for starring in serials like "Spy Smasher" and other B-movies...and "Tough to Handle" is clearly a B, running at just short of an hour like most of these pictures.

The story begins with an old man realizing he's just won the Irish Sweepstakes. However, what he doesn't know is that the ticket he bought was a forgery...and the real winner already has claimed her purse. The problem is that when he tries to redeem it, he'll learn the truth...and so the gang that sold it to him go to him to get that ticket. In the process, the man is killed and the guys don't find the ticket. That's because his grandson (Darro) is holding the ticket for safekeeping.

A nice guy reporter (Richmond) thinks that the old man didn't die of a heart attack or old age but thinks the gang killed him. However, the old man's grandson and granddaughter can't believe that nice Mr. Franco is behind all this and try as he might, the reporter cannot convince them. Only time will tell...and by then it might be too late, as Franco is more than willing to use muscle or murder to make all this just go away. But the big boss is angry....and wants Franco to just pay off the grandkids and be done with it. What's next?

This film has a decent plot and a few nice story elements, such as the fake drunk. It also, unfortunately, has an ending that is just a bit too clever to be believable...but it's still not enough to ruin the picture. Worth seeing if you get a chance.

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24 May 1937 (USA) See more »

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