Little Tough Guy (1938)

Little Tough Guy


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Brenda Weisberg, Gilson Brown
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2005


as Johnny Boylan

as Kay Boylan

as Paul Wilson

as Mrs. Boylan

as Carl `Pig' Adams

as Cyril Gerrard

as Rita Belle Warren

as Jim Boylan

as Baxter

as Truant Officer

as Detective

as Mr. Randall

as Mrs. Daniels

as Band Leader

as Secretary

as Peddler

as Mrs. Wanamaker

as Mr. Gerrard

as Domino Cop

as Superintendent

as Dot LaFleur

as Supervisor

as Detective

as Secretary

as Chuck

as Proprietor

as Police Sergeant

as Truck Driver

as Detective

as Office Boy

as Salesgirl

as Policeman

as Policeman
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have seen this movie and found it to be somewhat entertaining. It is one of only two movies in which the former Broadway star and (later) radio star (Big Town), Edward Pawley, plays the good guy! He plays the role of "Jim Boylan", father of "Johnny Boylan" (Billy Halop). Mr. Pawley usually played villainous roles in his more than 50 movies during a 10-year stint in Hollywood. One other exception was in the movie "Hoosier Schoolboy" in which he played the role of Captain Carter (Mickey Rooney's father)who was also a war hero with a drinking problem. Edward Pawley was probably best known in movies for his role as Danny Leggett (aka, Public Enemy Number One) in the James Cagney vehicle, "G-MEN." He also had feature roles in movies such as "The Oklahoma Kid" in which he played Humphrey Bogart's partner (Ace Doolin), "Romance of the Limberlost" in which he played Jean Parker's suitor (Jed Corson), Thirteen Women in which he played "Burns", Myrna Loy's accomplice in crime, "Romance On The Range" in which he played Roy Rogers' ranch boss and covert outlaw (Jerome Banning), et cetera, et cetera.

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