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Let's Get Tough! (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 May 1942 (USA)
The East Side Kids take on a gang of Japanese spies.

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Harvey Gates (original story), Harvey Gates (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs McGinnis
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Gabriel Dell ... Fritz Heinbach
Tom Brown ... Phil
Florence Rice ... Nora Stevens
Robert Armstrong ... Pop Stevens
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrisson)
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Skinny
Sam Bernard ... Heinback Sr.
Philip Ahn ... Joe Matsui (as Phil Ahn)
Jerry Bergen Jerry Bergen ... Music Master
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Storyline

Outraged by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muggs, Danny, and the rest of their gang want to enlist. Turned away because of their age, they take out their frustration by harassing an Asian shopkeeper. When the shopkeeper is found dead soon afterward, the boys learn that he was Chinese, not Japanese. Determined to atone for their behavior, the gang stumbles across evidence that a real group of Japanese spies is operating in the area, and they become determined to expose them. Meanwhile, Danny is troubled further by the news that his older brother has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy. Written by Snow Leopard

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Those East Side shock troops deliver a "kiss" to Hitler's and Hirohito's henchmen over here...and smash a giant spy ring (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little MacArthurs See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Scruno: [at the top of a dark staircase after Muggs bribes him with a reward of loaded dice to be their point man] No, I ain't going down there first.
Muggs: Not even for the dice?
Scruno: Not even for fried chicken.
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The East Side Kids vs. The Japs
13 January 2008 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Propaganda pro-American war effort film that came out in 1942 has the East Side Kids getting tough against any Japanese they spot in their own neighborhood when they learn they're too young to enlist. Ultimately they learn they were mistaken in their mistrust of some individuals but also happen to stumble across a spy ring they then set out to bust. The film is harmless enough in its fashion although some may well take offense given how innocent Asians really did get singled out during the Second World War. Overall though, it's a pretty generic effort and both Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall would have better moments, the best of which tend to come here when they ad-lib.


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