You're Not So Tough

You're Not So Tough is a 1940 Universal Studios drama film directed by Joe May and starring Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys.

You're Not So Tough
Directed byJoe May
Produced byKen Goldsmith (associate producer)
Written byArthur T. Horman (screenplay)
Brenda Weiberg (screenplay)
Maxwell Aley (story)
StarringThe Dead End Kids
Little Tough Guys
Music byHans J. Salter
CinematographyElwood Bredell
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • July 26, 1940 (1940-07-26)
Running time
65 min
CountryUnited States


The Dead End Kids ride a freight train through California. After the kids get arrested for vagrancy, members Tom and Pig are hired to work on a ranch owned by kindly Mama Posito. Tom learns that Posito hasn't seen her son in years, but believes that he may still be alive. In an attempt to steal her money, Tom decides to pose as her son. However, Posito's benevolency soon gets the best of Tom, and he decides to stay with her for love, rather than for greed.


The Dead End Kids

The Little Tough Guys

Additional cast


Billy Halop and Huntz Hall were now joined by fellow Dead End Kids Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, and Bobby Jordan, the latter making his first of three appearances in the Universal series.

The series was now officially coined "The Dead End Kids and The Little Tough Guys". However, much of the attention for most of these entries would be on the original Dead End Kids, while the Little Tough Guys were often reduced to walk-on cameos.


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