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The Hard Guy (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Short | 6 September 1930 (USA)
An unemployed man hangs around his flat.

Director:

Arthur Hurley

Writers:

Betty Ross (story), Burnet Hershey (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Guy
Katharine Alexander ... Ellen (as Katherine Alexander)
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Storyline

Married couple Guy and Ellen, who live in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, are having a hard time making ends meet since Guy can't find a job. It is especially difficult for them as they have to worry about providing for their daughter, Doris, who is suffering from vitamin deficiency due to malnutrition. As Guy reads through the want ads in the newspaper often reading of crimes on the street instead, and as he searches through his old army trunk looking for his warm winter coat to pound the pavement while finding other army related items in the trunk, he may have other ideas on how to provide for his family. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Short

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tough Guy See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1036. See more »

Goofs

Guy refers to his automatic handgun as "the old Army revolver". See more »

Quotes

Ellen: Guy, you're getting hard-boiled again.
Guy: [standing at window] Well, I been in hot water long enough to get hard-boiled. Look at 'em... Boy, what a goofy world - a lot of guys bent from too much work and other guys going crooked for the lack of it.
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Routine Production, Fairly Clever Story
14 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Besides the chance to see a very young-looking Spencer Tracy, this short feature is worth seeing for its fairly clever story, despite the rather routine production quality. It's the kind of feature that used to be quite common, taking one plot idea and telling a simple story with, in this case, a twist at the end.

Tracy plays a World War I veteran who is down on his luck due to the depression. His endless, fruitless search for employment would surely have rung true with its original audiences, and while Tracy's style is not yet very polished, he is believable in portraying his character's rising desperation. This is increased by his wife's own fear and anxiety, and both are channeled so as to guide the viewer's expectations and set up the finale.

The climactic scene is really the whole reason for the movie, and it works rather well. With that and a situation that was all too familiar at the time, it's a relatively interesting miniature that comes off effectively enough, despite not having much more than that working for it.


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