Little Tough Guy (1938)





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In the first in the "Little Tough Guys" series (the name given to the Dead End Kids before they evolved into the Bowery Boys), Billy Halop plays a teen out to avenge his father's wrongful prison conviction.
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Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Boylan
Billy Halop
as Johnny Boylan
Jason Robards Sr.
as Supervisor
Helen Parrish
as Kay Boylan
Paul Dubov
as Chuck
J. Pat O'Malley
as Police Sergeant
Jackie Searl
as Cyril Gerrard
Robert Wilcox
as Paul Wilson
Ben Taggart
as Detective
Hooper Atchley
as Mr. Randall
Gabriel Dell
as String
Bert Young
as Truck Driver
Huntz Hall
as Carl `Pig' Adams
Helen MacKellar
as Mrs. Wanamaker
Harry Hayden
as Superintendent
Alan Edwards
as Mr. Gerrard
Paul Weigel
as Proprietor
Jack Daley
as Policeman
Peggy Stewart
as Rita Belle Warren
Raymond Parker
as Secretary
Jack Carr
as Domino Cop
Olin Howland
as Baxter
Edward Pawley
as Jim Boylan
Eleanor Hansen
as Cashier
David Gorcey
as Sniper
George Sherwood
as Detective
Monte Montague
as Policeman
Robert E. Homans
as Truant Officer
William H. Ruhl
as Detective
Mike Pat Donovan
as Policeman
Gwen Seager
as Salesgirl
Victor Adams
as Secretary
Pat C. Flick
as Peddler
John Estes
as Office Boy
Janet McLeary
as Dot LaFleur
Clara Blore
as Mrs. Daniels
Frank Bischell
as Band Leader
James Zahner
as Bertis
Jack Carr
as Domino Cop
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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.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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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