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The Hard Way1943

The Hard Way (1943)





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In this dark drama an iron-willed older sister forcibly thrusts her only modestly talented younger sister into a Broadway career. She does this to desperately try to keep her little sis from falling into the same small-town trap of marriage to a dull working-stiff and endless hours of taking care of babies and household drudgery. The bigger sister gets her chance when two handsome vaudevillians come to town. Seeing that one of the fellows eyes her younger sibling, the elder connives to get the two together. The scheme works and the smitten performer dumps his long-time partner in exchange for a career with his new love. That might have been hunky dory, but the ambitious big sister wants more for her sister and convinces her to become a solo act. So upset is the jilted partner that he commits suicide. Still the big sister refuses to stop pushing until finally the younger girl gets fed up and rebels in a bitter confrontation that only results in more tragedy.


Ida Lupino
as Mrs. Helen Chernen
Dennis Morgan
as Paul Collins
Joan Leslie
as 'Katie' Chernen
Jack Carson
as Albert Runkel
Gladys George
as Lily Emery
Faye Emerson
as Blonde Waitress
Paul Cavanagh
as John Shagrue
Leona Maricle
as Laura Bithorn
Roman Bohnen
as Sam Chernen
Ray Montgomery
as Johnny Gilpin
Julie Bishop
as Chorine
Nestor Paiva
as Max Wade
Ann Doran
as Dorschka
Thurston Hall
as Film Executive
Lou Lubin
as Frenchy
Jody Gilbert
as Anderson
Jo Gilbert
as Anderson
Murray Alper
as Duglatz
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Frank Faylen
as Policeman
Emory Parnell
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Hard Way

All Critics (3)

There is a good deal in it to excite and to please.

February 10, 2021 | Full Review…

The part Ida got because Bette Davis rejected it, is well-served by her.

August 30, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hard Way

Not quite as good as "The Man I Love" but Ida offers her usual superior performance, if a stronger actress with more musical talent than Joan Leslie, Judy Garland would have been ideal, had played the other sister this would have been a better film. Gladys George steals her too few scenes.

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