Tough to Handle
Cast & Crew
Grandpa Sanford is surprised to learn that someone else has won the sweepstakes prize although his ticket has the winning number. When he tells his daughter Gloria, a nightclub singer, she tells the story to her boyfriend, reporter Ed McIntyre, whose editor assigns him to research the story. Grandpa is murdered by the crooks who printed his fraudulent sweepstakes ticket, and his grandson Mike, a newsboy, decides to investigate his death. Mike takes the ticket to Franko, the owner of the nightclub where Gloria works, who also sells lottery tickets, and Franko pays him $5,000 for the ticket. Franko, who is head of the sweepstakes fraud, sends his henchmen after Mike and Ed, and along with Gloria, they are taken captive by Franko's gang. Ed and Mike pick a fight with the henchmen, and after a beating, they are rescued by the police, who arrest Franko and his gang.
A working title for this film was Scavengers of Broadway. Although information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library credits Betty Laidlaw and Robert Lively with the original story, all other sources credit Peter B. Kyne. Hollywood Reporter pre-release news items noted the following cast changes: Lorraine Hayes replaced Gwili Andre, Johnstone White replaced Monte Collins, and Lee Phelps replaced Richard Kipling.