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The Man I Love (1946)

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

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Raoul Walsh

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Catherine Turney (screenplay), Jo Pagano (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Petey Brown
Robert Alda ... Nicky Toresca
Andrea King ... Sally Otis
Martha Vickers ... Virginia Brown
Bruce Bennett ... San Thomas
Alan Hale ... Riley
Dolores Moran ... Gloria O'Connor
John Ridgely ... Roy Otis
Don McGuire ... Johnny O'Connor
Warren Douglas ... Joe Brown
Craig Stevens ... Bandleader
Tony Romano Tony Romano ... Singer at Bamboo Club
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Storyline

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls in love with down-and-out ex-jazz pianist Sand Thomas, who has never quite recovered from an old divorce. While solving the problems of her sisters, brother and their next-door neighbor, the no-nonsense Petey must wait as Sand decides whether to start a new life with her or sign on with a merchant steamer. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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There should be a law against knowing the things I found out about men! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besuch in Kalifornien See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in mid-1945, but nor released until 1947 See more »

Goofs

After Petey's debut at Nicky Toresca's nightclub, the newspaper caption announcing that misspells his name as "Toresco's". See more »

Quotes

Riley: Yeah, I'm so dangerous that I oughta be wearing a red lantern. All my life, it's been cherchez la femme.
Gloria O'Connor: Cherchez la femme?
Riley: Yeah, that's French for get 'em while they're young.
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Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

But I Did
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
[Played when Petey and Nicky are dancing at the New Year's party]
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One of Ida Lupino's Best Performances
17 July 2009 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This superb film shows Ida Lupino in top form, oozing enough torment and emotion to knock you out cold. She almost does that to shy, retiring Bruce Bennett, who does a magnificent job of playing San Thomas, a famous blues pianist who 'suddenly disappeared because his wife left him', but now turns up just in time for Ida to fall head over heels for him. The great, hulking Bennett, who had once been in real life an Olympic silver medallist (and whom Ida calls affectionately her 'big lug') is just about the best choice old pro director Raoul Walsh could possibly have made for the role. His innate, brooding melancholy gives the film the picquancy and authenticity a mere performance alone could never have achieved. The chemistry between Bennett and Lupino is so hot you could fry an egg on it in ten seconds. The dialogue really crackles. Bennett: 'Isn't life difficult enough without getting it mixed up with memories?' Lupino: 'I don't know. I don't go back far enough yet.' The film is full of fabulous music, not least the Gershwin theme song 'The Man I Love', sung by Ida with such style your jaw drops and your heart stops. The film is a must for music lovers of the better popular music of the late forties, and the artists who are seen performing. Bennett really plays the piano himself, which is a greater surprise even than seeing Dan Duryea play in one of his crime thrillers. Some of those Hollywood actors certainly knew how to let rip on the keyboard. The whole film sizzles and zizzles. Robert Alda plays an odious serial seducer who owns a nightclub where Ida sings. She hates him. Here is what she says on one occasion when he walks in. Ida: 'Do you always come in without knocking? You almost scared me right out of my new hair dye.' A lot of the wit has unexpected twists like that, which emphasizes the intense individualism of Ida. She is a real role model for the Independent Woman, and the shocking scene where she violently slaps a man repeatedly in the face as if she were a hired thug is so incredible, because it is done so nonchalantly and naturally, that you can imagine her easily playing a female Al Capone in a female gangster film. But of course Ida has the proverbial heart of gold, though she gives it away too easily. What a brilliant woman Ida Lupino was, one of the few high intellects in Hollywood, director of several controversial films which tackled head on taboo subjects like disability and bigamy. She could set the screen on fire whether she was behind or in front of the camera. But did I say camera? She didn't even need one! All she had to do was breathe, and a fresh wind swept through Hollywood. All she had to do was look at a lens, and it melted. This film also features fine performances by Andrea King as a good gal and Dolores Moran as a bad gal, and some fine singing from Tony Romano. I've seen it twice, that's not enough.


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