CastJames Cagney (Lefty Merrill), Mary Brian (Ruth Waters), Allen Jenkins (radio announcer), Ruth Donnelly (Lil Waters), Claire Dodd (Marlene Reeves), Robert McWade (Charles Reeves) Release dateJanuary 28, 1933 (1933-01-28) WriterRobert Lord (screen play), Wilson Mizner (screen play), Houston Branch (original story) Similar moviesRelated Mervyn LeRoy movies
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Hard to Handle (1933) is a pre-Code comedy film starring James Cagney as a breezily clowning con artist who organizes a Depression-era dance marathon. His character remarks at one point, "The mass is a cow. It must be milked". The movie was produced at Warner Bros. and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.