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Hard to Handle (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 January 1933 (USA)
Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Wilson Mizner (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Lefty Merrill
Mary Brian ... Ruth Waters
Allen Jenkins ... Radio Announcer
Ruth Donnelly ... Lil Waters
Claire Dodd ... Marlene Reeves
Robert McWade ... Charles Reeves
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Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is over, he's forced to come up with a series of cons to help pay it back. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The Red-headed, Woman-ChasingJimmy! (Print Ad- Daily Star, ((Long Island City NY)) 3 April 1933) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bad Boy See more »

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Budget:

$189,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'Mary Brian (I)' replaced Carole Lombard, who refused the role. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the dance marathon Lefty says that the prize money (10 $100 bills) is fresh from the US Mint. The US Mint produces coins. Paper money is produced by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. See more »

Quotes

Lefty Merrill: What do I know about grapefruit? I never even saw a grapefruit!
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Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World To Me
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Played at the dance marathon
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Fair Cagney
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hard to Handle (1933)

** (out of 4)

James Cagney plays a hustler who fixes contests where the winners get a small amount of money while he makes it rich. Once again we get Cagney playing a fast talker and for the most part the film remains entertaining, although it's certainly lite all around. Mary Brian is great as the love interest and Ruth Donnelly steals the show as her loud mouth mother. There's a nice spoof of the grapefruit scene from The Public Enemy.

As of now this one isn't available on DVD so you'll have to keep your eyes on Turner Classic Movies.


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