You're Not So Tough (1940)

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The Dead End Kids are out of the slums of New York's East Side and running around the sunny valleys of California looking for a way to make a quick buck. The idea of working never enters ... See full summary »


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22 June 2020 | boblipton
| The Dead End Kids On The Farm
Fresh on the Universal lot after losing their Warner Brothers contracts, the Dead End Kids are out in sunny California. They wind up on Rosina Galli's fruit ranch. She had lost her little boy years ago, and the sheriff never had the heart to tell her he found the body. Now Billy Halop tells her how he was raised in an orphanage, and she takes it into her mind he's her long lost son. Halop enjoys the perks, her openhandedness with money, but as the weeks go by, he begins to feel guilty, especially when the other Kids see this as an opportunity to steal.

In addition, Miss Galli's generous policy towards her workers has the other farmers upset. Labor agitators are pointing to her as an example of what they can afford to pay; the local association orders her to cut her wages, and if she refuses, she won't be able to get her produce to market.

There were two continuations of the Dead End Kids. Universal had one. Meanwhile, over at Monogram, the East Side Kids, under Leo Gorcey, were making more comic movies. The two competing series would fight it out until after the war, when the survivors would come together as the Bowery Boys.

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