The Hard Way (1943)

The Hard Way


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In this dark drama an iron-willed older sister forcibly thrusts her only modestly talented younger sister into a Broadway career. She does this to desperately try to keep her little sis from falling into the same small-town trap of marriage to a dull working-stiff and endless hours of taking care of babies and household drudgery. The bigger sister gets her chance when two handsome vaudevillians come to town. Seeing that one of the fellows eyes her younger sibling, the elder connives to get the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Viertel, Daniel Fuchs
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as Mrs. Helen Chernen

as Paul Collins

as 'Katie' Chernen

as Albert Runkel

as Lily Emery

as Blonde Waitress

as John Shagrue

as Laura Bithorn

as Sam Chernen

as Johnny Gilpin

as Chorine

as Max Wade

as Dorschka

as Film Executive

as Frenchy

as Anderson

as Anderson

as Duglatz

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman
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The part Ida got because Bette Davis rejected it, is well-served by her.

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Audience Reviews for The Hard Way

Not quite as good as "The Man I Love" but Ida offers her usual superior performance, if a stronger actress with more musical talent than Joan Leslie, Judy Garland would have been ideal, had played the other sister this would have been a better film. Gladys George steals her too few scenes.

jay nixon

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lupino is great as the devious, aggressove helen chernin, a woman that will not stop until her baby sister kitty (joan leslie) is a stage star.

darryl clark

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