The Hard Way

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The American screen rarely depicts honest-to-goodness working class folks with any degree of truth, then or now, but that is exactly what you get in The Hard Way. At least in the opening scenes of this backstage melodrama, which then segues directly into an equally realistic depiction of the dying days of vaudeville. But this is Hollywood, after all, and before you can say 42nd Street Joan Leslie has become a major star without exhibiting much in the way of talent. Leslie, for all her charm, is sorely miscast and the only reason The Hard Way succeeds in its own minor way is due to the customary solid performance by Ida Lupino, whose back-stabbing "stage sister" gives Mama Rose a run for her money, a turn that won the actress the New York Film Critics Award.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • UPC: 883316174180
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,657

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ida Lupino Helen Chernen
Dennis Morgan Paul Collins
Joan Leslie Katherine Chernen
Jack Carson Albert Runkel
Gladys George Lily Emery
Julie Bishop Chorine
Faye Emerson Blonde Waitress
Paul Cavanagh John Shagrue
Leona Maricle Laura Bithorn
Roman Bohnen Sam Chernen
Ray Montgomery Johnny Gilpin
Nestor Paiva Max Wade
Joan Woodbury Maria
Ann Doran Dorshka
Thurston Hall Motion Picture Executive
Charles Judels Flores
Lou Lubin Frenchy
Jo Gilbert Anderson
Murray Alper Duglatz
Edgar Dearing Policeman
Frank Faylen Policeman
Emory Parnell Policeman
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
M. K. Jerome Songwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Pratt Editor
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Jack Scholl Songwriter
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Peter Viertel Screenwriter
Jerry Wald Producer
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