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Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 3 November 1933 (USA)
When Aggie's boyfriend Red is sent to jail, she meets a mild-mannered man and decides to turn him into a real man.


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Joseph Kesselring (play) (as Joseph O. Kesselring), Humphrey Pearson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Adoniram 'Schlumpy' Schlump / Red Branahan
Wynne Gibson ... Agnes 'Aggie' Appleby
William Gargan ... Red Branahan
Zasu Pitts ... Sybby 'Sib'
Betty Furness ... Evangeline
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When Aggie's boyfriend Red is sent to jail, she meets a mild-mannered man and decides to turn him into a real man.

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She loved them and left them...but she always did right by them (Print Ad-New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 19 October 1933)


Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

3 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aggie Appleby, creadora de hombres See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play was copyrighted on 3 December 1932, but had no Broadway performances. See more »


Red Branahan: Aww, honey. That ain't no name... that sounds like somethin' soft hittin' the floor.
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Give My Regards to Broadway
Written by George M. Cohan
Part of a medley in the score during the opening credits
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Needs to Be Rediscovered By Film Buffs
14 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)

*** (out of 4)

Agnes "Aggie" Appleby (Wynne Gibson) is kicked out of her room when her tough guy boyfriend (William Gargan) goes to jail. Broke and out on the streets, Aggie meets the soft-spoken and kind Adoniram (Charles Farrell) who begins to fall for her but she plans to make him into a tough guy. With such an off-beat title it seems like this film would be better known to film buffs but it has pretty much been forgotten to the ages. This is too bad because it's actually a quite clever little film that has a few nice twists along the way. The film starts off as a comedy as we see Aggie trying to turn this wimp into a man. This includes getting rid of his glasses, getting him a "tough" job and then making him a fighter. She's able to turn this nice guy into the type of tough guy that she likes but things get messy once they fall in love and then her ex gets out of prison. I was really surprised by how effective the entire film was. The early scenes are full of great comedy and especially one sequence where Adoniram wins his fight by the luckiest of ways. The middle portion of the film turns into a romantic drama but this here also works thanks in large part to the two stars. Both Gibson and Farrell are so good together and so believable in their roles that you can't help but fall for both of them. Farrell was extremely impressive with the way he plays this rather soft character and he's also believable once he starts to change. Gargan is a blast as the rather dumb but tough boyfriend and Zasu Pitts is fine as the girl's best friend. I'm not going to spoil the ending but it too is something you just won't expect.

AGGIE APPLEBY, MAKER OF MEN is certainly a very fun little gem that deserves to be rediscovered.

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