Little Tough Guy

Little Tough Guy

Director: Harold Young Cast: Billy Halop, Helen Parrish, Robert Wilcox

DVD (Black & White)


The first of the "splinter" groups to emerge from the Dead End Kids was the Little Tough Guys, consisting of veteran Dead-Enders Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly and David Gorcey (Hally Chester and Billy Benedict would also appear in this new grouping from time to time). Though most of the "Little Tough Guy" vehicles were played for laugh, the initial entry was not. When labor activist Jim Boylan (Edward Pawley) is executed for a murder he didn't commit, his son Johnny (Billy Halop) decides to become a crook. He and his pals Pig (Huntz Hall), String (Gabe Dell), Sniper (David Gorcey) and Dopey (Hally Chester), embark upon a crime spree, aided and abetted by thrill-seeking rich kid Cyril (Jackie Searl), who happens to be the son of the district attorney. While committing a robbery orchestrated by Cyril, Johnny and Pig are trapped by the police. Pig makes a break for it, only to be killed in a hail of bullets. This startling turn of events convinces Johnny to mend his ways, but not before an obligatory stretch in reform school with his fellow Little Tough Guys-including Cyril! Beyond the spectacle of Huntz Hall dying in agony, Little Tough Guy offers very little that is new and innovational: still, the film made money, prompting a whole series of "Little Tough Guy" quickies from the Universal assembly line.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0089218603890
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:25:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Halop Johnny Boylan
Helen Parrish Kay Boylan
Robert Wilcox Paul Wilson
Marjorie Main Mrs. Boylan
Gabriel Dell String
Bernard Punsly Ape
David Gorcey Sniper
Hally Chester Dopey
Jackie Searl Cyril Gerrard
Peggy Stewart Rita Belle Warren
Victor Adams Secretary
Edward Arnold Fat
Hooper Atchley Mr. Randall
Georgie Billings Kid
Clara Blore Mrs. Daniels
Jack Carr Domino Cop
Jack Daley Actor
Mark Daniels Clerk
Mike Pat Donovan Actor
Paul Dubov Chuck
Alan Edwards Mr. Gerrard
Pat C. Flick Peddler
Johnny Green Usher
Huntz Hall Carl "Pig" Adams
Eleanor Hansen Cashier
Harry Hayden Superintendent
Robert E. Homans Truant Officer
Olin Howland Baxter
Selmar Jackson Judge
Helen MacKellar Mrs. Wanamaker
Janet McLeary Dot LaFleur
Monte Montague Policeman
Georgia O'Dell Woman
J. Pat O'Malley Police Sergeant
Raymond Parker Secretary
Edward Pawley Jim Boylan
Buster Phelps Actor
Jason Robards Supervisor
William H. Ruhl Detective
George Sherwood Detective
Edwin Stanley D.A.
Ben Taggart Actor
Charles Trowbridge Actor
Paul Weigel Proprietor
Bert Young Truck Driver
John Estes Office Boy
Gwen Seager Salesgirl
Lon McCallister Actor

Technical Credits
Harold Young Director
Elwood Bredell Cinematographer
Gilson Brown Screenwriter
Phil Cahn Editor
Ken Goldsmith Producer
Jack Otterson Art Director
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Brenda Weisberg Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [14:16]
2. Chapter 2 [13:29]
3. Chapter 3 [13:22]
4. Chapter 4 [16:34]
5. Chapter 5 [10:48]
6. Chapter 6 [14:36]

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