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Little Big Shot

Little Big Shot(1935)

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Steve Craig and Mortimer Thompson are a pair of sidewalk confidence men working Broadway one step ahead of the police. Broke, they arrange to have dinner with an old friend, Gibbs, and his small daughter Gloria. Each believes the other has money. Actually, Gibbs is hiding from some gangsters, who kill him when he walks out of the restaurant, leaving Gloria with Steve and Mortimer. The men try to place Gloria in an orphanage, and when that fails, they decide to take care of her themselves with the help of Jean, a hat check girl at their hotel. Unexpectedly, Gloria's talents at impressions, singing and dancing improve their sidewalk business. Despite Jean's disapproval, things go well until gangster Jack Doré refuses to pay Steve the money he has won in a crap game. Embarrassed to seem weak in front of Gloria, Steve threatens to kill Doré, and when he is later found dead, Steve is the prime suspect. Believing that the hotel is not the right environment for Gloria, Jean has her placed in an orphanage. Another gang, however, kidnaps Gloria to force Steve out of hiding. Steve talks the criminals into releasing Gloria, and just as they are about to kill him, the police, tipped off by Mortimer and Jean, arrive at the hideout. His name cleared, Steve marries Jean, and they adopt Glora and with Mortimer, open a roadside cafe.