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Mannequin (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 21 January 1938 (USA)
Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Katharine Brush (based on the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Jessie Cassidy
Spencer Tracy ... John L. Hennessey
Alan Curtis ... Eddie Miller
Ralph Morgan ... Briggs
Mary Philips ... Beryl (as Mary Phillips)
Oscar O'Shea ... 'Pa' Cassidy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs.Cassidy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Leo Gorcey ... Clifford
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Storyline

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money into remarriage with Eddie. His plan goes awry at several points. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romance of a Shopgirl's Millions

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$595,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only film where Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy, two of MGM's top stars of the era, appear together. See more »

Quotes

Jessie Cassidy: Look, Eddie, here's a world. You and I have this little space all to ourselves. What we feel for each other shuts out all the rest. So what more do we need? That's all people have to fight for is... a little place to themselves. Do you see what I mean?
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Always and Always
(1937)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited)
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Gracefully executed, intimate romance.
6 March 2001 | by gross-6See all my reviews

This is a modest film, beautifully proportioned and modulated, that manages to draw the viewer into its romantic world. It easily could have become maudlin, or stridently melodramatic, or overblown. Joan Crawford could have overacted, or Spencer Tracy could have turned smug. But the film is amazingly free of false notes. This is not a film to be seen for camp , but for its very real charm. Director Frank Borzage succeeds in creating a world that is feels completely consistent and free of cliche. Take for example, the scene in which the heroine is on the dance floor with her new husband, singing "their song"--easily a cliched moment. But while she croons, the husband is tense, alert, observant, distant. Or look at the scene where Tracy meets with his striking workers, and faces the loss of his business and fortune. The scene unfolds with a quiet dignity and depth of feeling on both sides of the conflict. Again and again, Borzage balances romance with realism, pathos with stillness, emotion with dignity. As a result, Mannequin is a deftly made film that moves along lyrically, making what could have been preposterous, touching.


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