Little Tough Guy (July 22, 1938)
Released on July 22, 1938: (running time 1 hour and 23 minutes) A young boy whose father is in prison joins a gang of boys who create their own crime wave on the gritty streets of New York.
Produced by Ken Goldsmith
Directed by Harold Young
Written by Brenda Weisberg and Gilson Brown
The Actors: Billy Halop (Johnny Boylan), Huntz Hall (Pig), Gabriel Dell (String), Bernard Punsly (Ape), Hal E. Chester (Dopey), David Gorcey (Sniper), Robert Wilcox (Paul Wilson), Helen Parrish (Mrs. Boylan), Jackie Searl (Cyril Girrard), Peggy Stewart (Rita Belle), Helen MacKellar (Mrs Wanamaker), Edward Pawley (Jim Boylan), Olin Howland (Baxter), Pat C. Flick (peddler), Victor Adams (secretary), Edward Arnold Jr. (Fat), Hooper Atchley (Mr. Randall), Georgie Billings (young kid), Frank Bischell (band leader), Clara Blore (Mrs. Daniels), Jack Carr (Domino), Edward Cehrman (Carl), Jack Daley (cop), Mark Daniels (clerk), Mike Donovan (cop), Paul Dubov (Chuck), Alan Edwards (Mr. Gerrard), John Estes (Estes), Johnny Fitzgerald (Eddie), Paul Gustine (money collector at theater), Donald Hainey (kid), Eddie Hall (theater usher), Eleanor Hansen (theater usher), Harry Hayden (Superintendant), Samuel S. Hinds (first judge's voice), Robert Homans (Mr. Morgan, probation officer), Selmer Jackson (third judge), Jim Karno (unknown), Carl M. Leviness (alarmed boarder), Tom London (detective driving car), Thomas Martin (unknown), George McGill (unknown), Janet McLeay (Dot La Fleur), Monte Montague (cop at pharmacy), Georgia O'Dell (unknown), Pat O'Malley (Police Sergeant), Raymond Parker (secretary), Buster Phelps (kid), Jason Robards Sr. (Supervisor), William Ruhl (detective at theater), Gwen Seager (salesgirl), Richard Selzer (Bud), George Sherwood (Detective), Edwin Stanley (District Attorney), Ben Taggart (Detective), Charles Trowbridge (Judge Thomas Knott), Paul Weigel (proprietor), Bert Young (truck driver), Jimmy Zahner (Bertis)
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The Dead-End Kids
When I was a youngster Saturday afternoon television often featured a comedy movie about the Bowery Boys - a bunch of funny guys in the slums of New York who got into mischief and usually ended up solving a crime, all the while using funny mispronounced words. My dad would laughingly say, "The only thing that they murder is the King's English."
Before they were the Bowery Boys, these guys made movies as The Dead End Kids, after being seen in a successful Broadway production named Dead End. The boys in the Broadway play were hired to make movies in Hollywood as the Dead End Kids, but things did not go well. Samuel Goldwyn signed the boys to two year contracts, thinking that he would make several movies featuring the Dead End Kids in those two years.
Well, it didn't work out as planned, because those boys were alot like their characters in real life, and after destroying much of the movie lot during filming and finally crashing a truck into a sound stage, their contracts were quickly sold to Warner Brothers . . . Where they made a half dozen crime stories with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, John Garfield and more.
Once again, their destructive antics around the movie lot got to be too much for Warner Brothers, and they were again released from their contracts. During their time at Warner they were loaned to Universal to film this story.
This crime adventure features the faces that I loved to laugh with, but in this story, they are serious crime gangsters roaming the tough streets of New York stealing what they need from anyone who happened to cross their path. There is no comedy relief in this tough crime adventure, and very little to smile about. When Johnny, his mother and his sister are kicked out of their slum apartment things can only get worse . . . and they do. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Billy Halop as Johnny Boylan, the Little Tough Guy
Bernard Punsly and Huntz Hall
Billy Halop and Helen Parrish
Billy Halop and Huntz Hall
Billy Halop, Marjorie Main and Helen Parrish
Billy Halop and Peggy Stewart
Billy Halop as Johnny Boylan
Cyril Gerrard and Billy Halop
Edward Pawley and Helen Parrish
Helen Parrish and Billy Halop
Helen Parrish and Marjorie Main
Helen Parrish and Robert Wilcox
Marjorie Main in 1938
Marjorie Main and Helen Parrish
Marjorie Main and Robert Wilcox
Peggy Stewart and Billy Halop
Robert Wilcox and Helen Parrish