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The Hard Way (1943) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Vincent Sherman and produced by Jack L. Warner and Jerry Wald.

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Screening of “The Hard Way” at the Daystar Center January 17

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 17, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of “The Hard Way” at the Daystar Center January 17 Classic Movie Man Favorites Series: The Hard Way (1943) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: January 17, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Helen Chernen (Ida Lupino) wants out of Green Hill, th... Read full article


The Hard Way (1943)

By Beatrice on Oct 2, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Hard Way Directed by Vincent Sherman Written by Daniel Fuchs and Peter Viertel 1943/USA Warner Bros First viewing/Warner Archive DVD Paul Collins: [Sarcastically] Every other Thursday, Baby. This cliche-ridden picture about a woman who claws her sister’s way to the top?features a steely... Read full article


Love the Hard Way (2001/2003)

By John Grant on Feb 12, 2014 From Noirish

vt Hard Attraction Germany, US / 104 minutes / color / Vif, P’Artisan, Time, Open City, Vine, Kino Dir: Peter Sehr Pr: Wolfram Tichy Scr: Peter Sehr, Marie No?lle Story: Yi Ban Shi Huo Yan, Yi Ban Shi Hai Shui (n.d.) by Wang Shuo Cine: Guy Dufaux Cast: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda,... Read full article


The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis Opens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

By Brandy Dean on Nov 12, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

On the head stone of Bette Davis, located in the?Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, the phrase “She did it hard way” is etched in a girly, italic script. And that sums it up, for the woman born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, the power house actress known as Bette Davis, and most (if not all) o... Read full article


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Paul Collins: You feel good, don't you? Don't you ever wake up at night and say to yourself, 'Maybe there's something just a little poisonous about me?'
Mrs. Helen Chernen: Mind your business!
Paul Collins: [With thinly disguised contempt] You know, in a queer, crazy kind of a way I admire you. I like to watch you work. It's like watching the manuveurs of the atlantic Fleet... and after you've done something particularly mean and nasty, I'd like to take you in my arms and kiss you.
Mrs. Helen Chernen: [a little taken back] Hmmmp! That's a lovely unique. Is this the line you feed all those girls of yours?
Paul Collins: [With slight sarcasm] No, seriously, you're marvelous... a regular machine... no heart, no blood, no feelings.
[Helen's eyes begin to become more and more vulnerable as he continues]
Paul Collins: I'll bet you never had a useless daydream in your life... never thought of a man. I'll bet you couldn't fall in love if you wanted to.
[He takes her into his arms and kisses her]
Mrs. Helen Chernen: [the kiss has obviously released a well of supressed passion] Oh, paul, Paul! You don't know!
Paul Collins: But, darling, I do. I've known all along.
Mrs. Helen Chernen: [Passionately] No, you don't. I know what you think about me. There are so many things, Paul, I can't explain.
Paul Collins: [Turning cold] I tell you what, sweetheart...
Mrs. Helen Chernen: [Vulnerably] What, Paul?
Paul Collins: [Coldly calculated] Write me... write me in Duluth.
[She slaps him, and he smiles with satisfaction]


Policeman at Hospital: [Last lines, leaving the hospital] Well, whattaya make of it?
Mac - Policeman at Hospital: Oh, some little something went wrong. She couldn't take it.
Policeman at Hospital: Yep! That's the trouble with them rich ones. They have it too easy all their lives.
Mac - Policeman at Hospital: Yep.


Paul Collins: [Looking around the train station] Wonder where that dumb partner of mine is. Boy, will I be glad to get him out of this town. Love has smitten him like a ten ton truck!
Ice Cream Parlor Waitress: Never hits you, does it?
Paul Collins: [Sarcastically] Every other Thursday, Baby.


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Actor Bill Kennedy, who was the voice of the radio announcer in this film, became the host of his own movie show in the mid-to-late 1960's in the Detroit area, first on CKLW-TV (now CBET), Channel 9, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and then from the early 1970's to his retirement in the mid-1980's on WKBD-TV, Channel 50, in Detroit. Kennedy, who was under contract to Warner Bros. in the 1940's as a bit player, often ran old Warner Bros. films on his afternoon movie show; "The Hard Way" was indeed one of them. (Kennedy passed away in 1996.)
Although it has been claimed that longtime Warner contractee Monte Blue is not in the film, he is clearly visible in the final theatrical sequence sitting two seats to the left of Dennis Morgan.
Several actors with their character names listed in studio records and/or casting call lists were not seen in the movie. These were Eddie Coke (Variety Ad Taker), Frank Faylen (Policeman), Howard M. Mitchell (Policeman), Joel Davis (Jimmy, Six Years), Wilbur Mack (Stage Manager), Monte Blue (Assistant Stage Manager), Frances Morris (Telephone Operator) and Merrillee Lannon (Western Union Clerk).
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