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Director  Arthur Lubin
Sequel  Youre Not So Tough
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Music director  Hans J. Salter
Country  United States
Call a Messenger movie poster
Release date  November 4, 1939
Writer  Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Michael Kraike (story), Sally Sandlin (story)
Cast  Billy Halop (Jimmy Hogan), Huntz Hall ('Pig'), Robert Armstrong (Kirk Graham), Mary Carlisle (Marge Hogan), Anne Nagel (Frances O'Neill), Victor Jory (Ed Hogan)
Similar movies  Related Arthur Lubin movies

Call a Messenger is a 1939 Universal Studios film that starred Billy Halop and Huntz Hall of the Dead End Kids and several of the Little Tough Guys.



Jimmy Hogan and his gang are caught robbing a post office. Jimmy is given a choice to either go to reform school or work as a messenger boy for the post office as punishment. Jimmy decides to be a messenger boy, and soon drags his pals into the job. The kids eventually enjoy their jobs, especially when their new boss, Frances O'Neill, turns out to be quite attractive.

After becoming friends with fellow messenger boy Bob Prichard, Jimmy decides to hook Bob up with his sister, Marge. He feels that Bob is a much better match for Marge then a local gangster who has been spending too much time with her. Pretty soon, Jimmy's brother Ed returns home from prison. At first, Jimmy is glad to have his brother back home, but pretty soon, he and Ed get mixed up with some gangsters who plan on robbing the post office.


  • In terms of chronological order, this was released after the Dead End Kids film, The Angels Wash Their Faces.
  • Production

    Dead End Kids Billy Halop and Huntz Hall returned to Universal beginning with this film. Universal decided to pair the Dead End Kids with the Little Tough Guys. Pretty soon, most of the other Dead End Kids would also sign on. In this film, the billing appears as: Billy Halop and Huntz Hall of the Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys.

    Most of the Little Tough Guys returned for this film, reprising the roles they had in their previous films. The only regular Little Tough Guy who did not return for this film was 'Monk' (Charles Duncan). Ironically, at one point in this film, Jimmy's sister makes a reference to Monk, even though he is absent.

    The Dead End Kids

  • Billy Halop - Jimmy Hogan
  • Huntz Hall - Ratholemew 'Pig' Smith
  • The Little Tough Guys

  • Hally Chester - B. 'Murph' Murphy
  • Billy Benedict - P. 'Trouble' Kearns
  • David Gorcey - J. 'Yap' Crawley
  • Harris Berger - R. 'Sailor' Walters
  • Additional Cast

  • Robert Armstrong - Kirk Graham
  • Mary Carlisle - Marge Hogan
  • Anne Nagel - Frances O'Neill
  • Victor Jory - Ed Hogan
  • Buster Crabbe - Chuck Walsh
  • El Brendel - 'Baldy'
  • Jimmy Butler - Bob Prichard
  • George Offerman Jr. - Big Lip
  • References

    Call a Messenger Wikipedia
    Call a Messenger IMDb Call a Messenger

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