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Man's Castle (1933)

Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Lawrence Hazard (from a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Bill
Loretta Young ... Trina
Marjorie Rambeau ... Flossie
Glenda Farrell ... Fay La Rue
Walter Connolly ... Ira
Arthur Hohl ... Bragg
Dickie Moore ... Joey
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12 million Americans are out of work. Trina is homeless and hungry when Bill takes her under his wing, showing her a squatter's camp where she can live. She's soon in love with him, making a castle for him inside a shack; but he's bluff, gruff, and a "bindlestiff," a guy who can't stay put. When Trina tells Bill she's pregnant, he's ready to jump a freight train and move on, but first he wants to leave Trina with some money, so he partners up with Bragg, the camp's louse (who's been eyeing Trina), to rob a toy manufacturer. He's shot and the cops are closing in: does he have any options? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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THEY CLUNG DESPERATELY TO EACH OTHER in a world of shattered illusions (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Beaver, Penna.)) 26 February 1934) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man's Castle See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1941 with Spencer Tracy reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Ira: [speaking to Bill] God chose the foolish things of the world, that He might put to shame those that are wise. And He chose the weak things of the world that he might put to shame those that are strong... That's in that Bible you got me, son: Corinthians, 1-26.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

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Sung by Glenda Farrell
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Can't Get Enough Pre-Codes
28 May 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Man's Castle is a wonderful example of a Pre-Code film. It involves realistic events with truly enjoyable and imperfect characters. Spencer Tracy plays Bill, a free soul without a dime in his pocket. He makes a living doing odd jobs and traveling to a new city when he gets bored of his surroundings. One night, he meets Trina, a beauty by any standards who is cold and alone. She has refused to resort to prostitution so she has not eaten for several days, but the two take very well to each other and form a relationship. His free spirit tempts him to leave her, so life is rocky, but there is a true spark between the two, even if they live in a shack by the river.

Tracy is one of the great actors of the silver screen. His characters are amazing and relatable. We can see his thoughts on his face, making him easy to identify with, even if we believe he is behaving badly. Young is great in pre-code films. Her character is very sweet but far from perfect, making her all the more likable.

Pre-code elements include skinny dipping, pregnancy before marriage, and crime.


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