Little Tough Guy Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ March 1, 2010
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.
May 13, 2014
Very good and better than average East Side Kids/Bowery Boys movie. The older ones leaned more to melodrama, like this one. As the series progressed they became more comedic. Great little "B" movie.
January 9, 2011
I first became aware of the Dead End Kids via the brilliant film Angels With Dirty Faces. Wisecracking rogues with the 1930s brogue, they hit with my sense of humour. Even though I knew that half of it or more was how they interacted with Cagney, I jumped at the chance to see one of their serial films.

Little Tough Guy provides a basic tale of youth in gang trouble. The dialogue is what I expected, but the tale itself in no way resembles the depth and emotional character of the aforementioned "Angels...".

It still entertains, though, but I'd caution anybody who doesn't find this style of old time gangster dialogue funny to not bother, as that is the key for me.
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