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Little Man, What Now? (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 4 June 1934 (USA)
A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (screenplay & adaptation), Hans Fallada (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Sullavan ... Emma 'Lammchen' Pinneberg
Douglass Montgomery ... Hans Pinneberg
Alan Hale ... Holger Jachman
Catherine Doucet ... Mia Pinneberg
DeWitt Jennings ... Emil Kleinholz
Bodil Rosing ... Frau Kleinholz
Muriel Kirkland ... Marie Kleinholz
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Emil Kleinholz Jr.
George Meeker ... Schultz
Paul Fix ... Lauderback
Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... Dr. Sesam
Hedda Hopper ... Nurse
Fred Kohler ... Karl Goebbler
Sarah Padden ... Widow Scharrenhofer
Mae Marsh ... Wife of Karl Goebbler
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A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Co teraz, maly czlowieku? See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film takes place from 1930 to 1932. See more »

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A romantic struggle cries out for a stronger leading man
15 January 2017 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Full of Borgaze's trademark swoony romanticism mixed with a touch of pre-code decadence. This tale of a struggling young couple also boasts Margaret Sullavan's enchanting sensitive performance, she seems to carry a gossamer glow with her where ever she goes. Alan Hale also adds much to the film as a sprightly good-hearted charlatan but what drags it down almost fatally is Douglass Montgomery in the male lead. To put it plainly, he stinks. He's a stiff blank slate that stops the film dead in its tracks whenever he's the focal point of the scene. You're left to wonder what a more effective actor such as Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant could have made of the part and how much better the movie would have been because of their casting.


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