Hard to Handle (1933)

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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 ... See full summary »


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  • James Cagney and Mary Brian in Hard to Handle (1933)
  • James Cagney and Mary Brian in Hard to Handle (1933)
  • James Cagney and Mary Brian in Hard to Handle (1933)
  • James Cagney and Mary Brian in Hard to Handle (1933)
  • James Cagney and Mary Brian in Hard to Handle (1933)

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6 September 2006 | Handlinghandel
5
| Decent But Not The Best of Early Cagney
James Cagney is better in the Roy del Ruth movies of this period. However, he was a dynamic, unstoppable force. He is believable here as a goodhearted con artist with a good heart.

He has some great scenes: In one, he runs down flight after flight of a winding staircase.

Mary Brian is the nominal leading lady. She's OK. But Ruth Donnelly is really Cagney's co-star here. Playing Brian's avaricious, canny mother, she is hilarious. Nobody can put one over on her. If anyone tries, she'll bounce right back. She'll change her tune. She'll double-cross and triple-cross to get what she wants for herself and her pretty daughter.

Donnelly was a reliable supporting performer in more movies than anyone could easily count. Rarely did she get such a role. She grabs it and runs with it. She and Cagney are fantastic together. It's a shame they were never teamed again.

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