Little Tough Guys in Society

Little Tough Guys in Society is a 1938 Universal Studios film that starred several of the Dead End Kids. It was the second film that Universal made in their series and the first of three that they made without any of the original Dead End Kids.

Little Tough Guys in Society
Theatrical Poster
Directed byErle C. Kenton
Produced byMax H. Gordon
Written byEdward Eliscu
Mortimer Offner
StarringLittle Tough Guys
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • November 1, 1938 (1938-11-01)
Running time
63 min
CountryUnited States


Mrs. Berry, a socialite, hires a psychiatrist to care for her son Randolph. He exhibits antisocial behavior and stays bedridden all day. The doctor determines that if he was exposed to other boys of a lesser social stature he will break out of his shell and resume his place in society. They contact a place in the city and hire six underprivileged kids to come out to the country to help out. The boys who arrive are not the boys who were originally hired, but a gang of misfits who are wanted for destroying a glass factory. They quickly help Randolph overcome his antisocial behavior and assist in capturing some thieves who broke into Mrs. Berry's residence while Randolph's birthday party was taking place. The boys are then discovered to be on the run from the police, but with the assistance of a judge attending the party, they surrender and agree to return to New York and face their punishment.

The writers

The writers Mortimer Offner and Edward Eliscu were related by marriage. Eliscu's wife Stella Bloch was Mortimer's cousin. Eliscu and Offner were both eventually blacklisted.[1]


The Little Tough Guys

Additional Cast


  1. Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947, Princeton University Library, Retrieved 23 October 2015
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