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Man Wanted (1932)

Not Rated | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 23 April 1932 (USA)
A female editor of a magazine falls in love with her male secretary.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert Lord (story), Charles Kenyon (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Lois Ames
David Manners ... Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
Una Merkel ... Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
Andy Devine ... Andy Doyle
Kenneth Thomson ... Fred 'Freddie' Ames
Claire Dodd ... Ann Le Maire
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ... Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
Robert Greig ... Harper (scenes deleted)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Youngster in Store (as Junior Coghlan)
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Storyline

Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dangerous Brunette See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Guy Kibbee (Devins) and Virginia Sale (Miss Winkler) are listed in studio records for acting in this movie, but were not seen. Robert Greig is credited onscreen as Harper, a role played by Elizabeth Patterson. See more »

Quotes

Lois Ames: You see, I've been having trouble with secretaries. The work is so uncertain. It needs a man. You understand that our relations will be purely of a business nature.
Thomas 'Tom': Of course, Mrs. Ames.
Lois Ames: It pays 50 a week and may develop into something better. That, of course, will be up to you.
Thomas 'Tom': Well, I shall certainly appreciate the chance, Mrs. Ames.
Lois Ames: Good.
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Soundtracks

The More You Hurt Me (the More You Make Me Care)
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Music by Harry Warren
First tune played in the Bar Harbor hotel room
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The Two Leads Can't Save the Weak Story
7 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Man Wanted (1932)

** (out of 4)

Workaholic editor Lois Ames (Kay Francis) grows tired of women secretaries complaining so she hires an ambitious young man (David Manners). Soon the two are working long hours together and they start to fall for one another but the only problem is that she's married and he has a fiancé (Una Merkel). MAN WANTED is yet another "B" programmer from Warner that certainly has a few pre-code elements but in the end the product just seems rushed and nothing really comes together. I think the biggest problem is that the screenplay just doesn't have enough fre sh or original ideas to carry out even the short 62-minute running time. With such a short time you really shouldn't be looking at your clock at the half hour mark and it's even worse when the next thirty-minutes just drag along. The film has a pretty simple set-up because you know Francis' husband is going to be a no-good party animal and of course she's going to be attracted to Manners because he's hard working like she is. That's fine. What doesn't work is that we have to sit through forty-minutes worth of back and forth where neither character knows what they want yet it's obvious to the viewer. I think Francis was always good at playing these strong women and that continues here. She's certainly believable in the part and when she's going overboard trying to keep her busy schedule going it makes you feel she's being real. Manners is also pretty good in his part, although the screenplay certainly doesn't make it a very glamorous part. Merkel is quite annoying with a high-pitched voice but that's what the character called for. Andy Devine plays that type of character that only he could. Universal horror fans will be happy to see Edward Van Sloan in a quick scene and yes he gets to appear with Manners. MAN WANTED has a couple good ideas but in the end there's just not enough here worth watching so this is clearly just for fans of the actors.


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