Hard Way, The (Warner 1943, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan)

The Hard Way

In The Hard Way, small-town housewife Lupino is stuck in nowheresville and she’s not going to let the same thing happen to her lovely little sister, Leslie. Keeping her away from potential ruin at the hands of men, Helen forces Katherine into a rigorous showbiz career.

Katherine has success onstage but her sister’s obsession with every aspect of her career threatens to destroy her life. To reach her final success, she must cast away her clinging sister. Hard-hearted melodrama, and no one’s better than Lupino at that. Songs include “Was I Blue?” “Goodnight My Darling,” and “I Love to Dance.”

Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie appeared together in this movie and again the following year in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943). Joan Leslie played an aspiring actress and Ida Lupino played herself in a jitterbug number with Olivia de Havilland.

Ida Lupino as Mrs. Helen Chernen
Dennis Morgan as Paul Collins
Joan Leslie as Katherine ‘Katie’ Blaine
Jack Carson as Albert Runkel
Gladys George as Lily Emery
Faye Emerson as Ice Cream Parlor Waitress
Paul Cavanagh as John ‘Jack’ Shagrue

crew details
Director: Vincent Sherman
Producer and Original Story: Jerry Wald
Director of Photography: James Wong Howe
Editor: Thomas Pratt
Composers: M.K. Jerome, Heinz Roemheld, Max Scholl
Screenwriters: Daniel Fuchs, Peter Viertel
Costume Designer: Orry-Kelly

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Warner Bros
Year of Release: 1943
Duration: 108 minutes

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