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Man of the World (1931)

A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

Directors:

Richard Wallace, Edward Goodman (uncredited)

Writers:

Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Powell ... Michael Trevor
Carole Lombard ... Mary Kendall
Wynne Gibson ... Irene Harper
Lawrence Gray ... Frank Reynolds
Guy Kibbee ... Harry Taylor
George Chandler ... Fred
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Storyline

A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

28 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Senhor Mundano See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of three movies that Powell and Lombard made together. They met on the set and married the same year the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

At the "Paris" horse race, they wanted to show the horses running clockwise (the opposite direction of US horse racing), so the flipped they negative causing all the numbers on the horses to be reversed in the film. They managed to edit the race to not show the number clearly, that is until the end of the race. The number 5 is very clearly backwards in the close-up of the finish. See more »

Quotes

Irene Hoffa: Say, I can remember once I had a good-time Charlie. And it was all fixed up for Michael to walk in and ask this guy what he thought he was doing with his wife. Good for 5,000 bucks this guy was too. All right. Mike is supposed to walk in at 4:00, and sharp 7:00 he shows up. You can't imagine what I went through those three hours.
Fred: Yes, I can.
Irene Hoffa: Well, you're wrong.
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Yet another misleading plot summary from this site
8 August 2019 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

The movie opens with William Powell and ends with him, since his character is the main character in the story. Lombard plays the love interest (and not a very interesting one...)

If you read the plot summary you get the idea of a sophisticated comedy starring Lombard as an American socialite who happens to meet her supporting love interest in Paris, in a sparkly development à la "My man Godfrey".

Instead, this is a drama about Michael, a failed journalist, turned blackmailer, who happens to fall for Mary, one of his victims, but their lukewarm love story is nipped in the bud by Michael's ex lover, Irene (a sexy Wynne Gibson).

Irene gets as much screen time as Mary and is a much more vivid character, also wearing some beautiful costumes, the most striking being a super sexy evening gown in her first scene.

Power does a nice turn as Michael the blackmailer; unfortunately the plot development is slow and clumsy and the ending rhetorical and dissatisfactory.


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