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Manpower (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 9 August 1941 (USA)
Two friends, who are members of a road crew employed by a Los Angeles power company, battle the elements to restore electrical power and trade punches over the same woman.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (original screenplay), Jerry Wald (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Hank McHenry
Marlene Dietrich ... Fay Duval
George Raft ... Johnny Marshall
Alan Hale ... Jumbo Wells
Frank McHugh ... Omaha
Eve Arden ... Dolly
Barton MacLane ... Smiley Quinn
Ward Bond ... Eddie Adams
Walter Catlett ... Sidney Whipple
Joyce Compton ... Scarlett
Lucia Carroll ... Flo
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Pop Duval
Cliff Clark ... Cully
Joseph Crehan ... Sweeney
Ben Welden ... Al Hurst
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Storyline

Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay Duval in a clip joint, but tensions start to show in the road crew as rivally between Hank and Johnny increases. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Raft and Robinson are at the brawling point!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard to Handle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, Eve Arden's character says she is 25 and looks 35. In fact, she was 33 years old when the film was released. See more »

Goofs

After Johnny bails Fay out of jail, they are seen walking together down a stairway at the police station. When they arrive at the first landing, as they turn and continue to descend the stairs, the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Smiley Quinn: A chump is a chump in Chicago or LA.
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Connections

Featured in Bugsy (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on the harmonium by an uncredited person during the wedding
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B-picture quality from Raoul Walsh and his stock company cast...
13 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Everything about MANPOWER is highly improbable, including the casting of EDWARD G. ROBINSON as a lineman in love with the alluring clip-joint hostess MARLENE DIETRICH and the three-way romance that includes GEORGE RAFT as a jealous blue collar onlooker who warns Robinson about the pitfalls of marrying Dietrich.

Raoul Walsh directs it in his customary boisterous style, letting ALAN HALE, FRANK McHUGH, WARD BOND and BARTON MacLANE overdo the rowdy blue collar supporting roles. The comic relief offered by Hale and McHugh is below par this time and becomes tiresome long before the tale reaches a climactic storm scene.

Fans of the star trio will probably overlook these faults and find the film passable viewing, but it's nothing special and easily forgotten. EVE ARDEN gets to sling some one-liners in the kind of role she always played with verve and skill.

Linemen working on electrical wires at the height of a severe thunderstorm is stretching things a bit for the melodramatic climax.


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