MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,015 this week

Manhandled (1924)

 |  Drama, Comedy  |  22 July 1924 (USA)
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 760 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 3 critic

When her boyfriend, Jimmy, forgets a date, Tessie McGuire, a department store clerk, attends a party at the studio of Robert Brandt where she makes a hit with impersonations... See full synopsis »

Director:

Writers:

(titles), (story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 02 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 416 titles
created 07 Apr 2014
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 178 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Manhandled" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Manhandled (1924)

Manhandled (1924) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Manhandled.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Zaza (1923)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Gloria Swanson, H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
The Manxman (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Libel (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Robert and Beth Gordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels
Safety Last! (1923)
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy
Shifting Sands I (1918)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Marcia Grey is wrongly convicted on trumped-up evidence of a German. After serving her term, she rebuilds her life and marries well. The German then attempts to blackmail her into helping ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Joe King, Harvey Clark
Stage Struck (1925)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor
Manhandled (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Colleen Moore, Ralph Morgan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Tessie McGuire
Tom Moore ...
Jim Hogan
...
Pinkie Moran
Ian Keith ...
Robert Brandt
Arthur Housman ...
Paul McAllister ...
Paul Garretson
...
Arno Riccardi
Pierre Collosse ...
Bippo (as M. Collosse)
Marie Shelton ...
Model
Carrie Scott ...
Boarding House Keeper
Ann Pennington ...
Herself
Brooke Johns ...
Himself
Frank Allworth ...
Salesman
Edit

Storyline

When her boyfriend, Jimmy, forgets a date, Tessie McGuire, a department store clerk, attends a party at the studio of Robert Brandt where she makes a hit with impersonations... See full synopsis »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

society | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

22 July 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escravizada  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: Swanson and Valentino (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A former Mack Sennett employee demonstrates what she learned at Keystone
2 September 2007 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

This rarely shown film is a delightful surprise, still fresh and amusing after 80 years. MANHANDLED is a saucy little comedy which concerns the struggles of an ambitious working girl in New York. The biggest surprise is the identity of the leading lady: it isn't Colleen Moore or Clara Bow, who made careers out of doing this sort of thing, but Gloria Swanson, who in 1924 was best known for playing patrician beauties in high-class soap operas. Gloria is surprisingly believable here in the unlikely role of Tessie McGuire, a lowly clerk in a department store, who commutes on the subway, lives in an apartment the size of a tool-shed, and struggles to make ends meet. What's more, Swanson is genuinely funny! I've seen a few of the two-reel comedies she made for Mack Sennett early in her career, but in those shorts she was usually relegated to playing straight woman (or Damsel in Distress) while the male clowns were entrusted with the gags. In MANHANDLED, however, Swanson is the star comedian, and her comic abilities are given free reign in scene after scene. I was fortunate enough to see this movie at Film Forum in NYC, where it was greeted with waves of laughter throughout; a passerby outside might've assumed we were watching Harold Lloyd.

The story is introduced with a wordy but intriguing title card: "The world lets a girl think that its pleasures and luxuries may be hers without cost—that's chivalry. But if she claims them on this basis, it sends her a bill in full, with no discount—that's reality." Based on that intro alone a viewer might expect the sort of light comedy of manners Swanson had been making for director Cecil B. DeMille a few years earlier (the moralistic prose certainly smacks of DeMille) but the opening scenes make it clear that we're in for something earthier and more fun. Tessie McGuire is a gum-chewing gal who wears a silly hat adorned with fake fruit—the kind of hat Gloria Swanson, legendary clothes-horse, wouldn't have been caught dead wearing in reality, but somehow she doesn't come off as patronizing in this role. Within a few moments we adjust and accept her as a hard-working clerk from Thorndyke's department store, weary and footsore after a long day's shift on the job. Leaving the store our bleary-eyed heroine heads for the subway, and the sequence which follows is a classic: the petite Tessie is shoved every which way as she crams herself into the train, squeezes uncomfortably between two large men, and even gets hoisted into the air, accidentally, as she attempts to retrieve the contents of her dropped purse. Adding insult to injury, a gross-looking guy winks at her, and she can't even get out easily when the train reaches her station, as mobs of incoming commuters repeatedly force her back in. This sequence scored a particular hit at the recent Film Forum screening, earning big laughs from New Yorkers who still deal with this stuff every day!

The subway scene is deservedly famous, but the movie is just getting started. We learn that Tessie has a boyfriend named Jimmy (Tom Moore), a garage mechanic who is convinced that his car-related invention will make a fortune, enabling them to get married and live well. Tessie is supportive, but frustrated that Jim's heavy work schedule doesn't allow them much time together. When circumstances permit her to go to a swanky party with a girlfriend, she goes, and this is where things really take off. Tessie scores a hit with the swells, although it's clear (in another comic highlight) that she's baffled by the pretentious party chat flying back and forth. Guests include a number of wealthy and powerful people along with prominent artists and performers; among the latter is real-life Ziegfeld Follies star Ann Pennington, who dances with her stage partner Brooke Johns. Tessie— who has had a drink or two —performs her own version of the dance, loses her drawers, and takes a tumble, but somehow charms a handsome artist (Ian Keith) who engages her as a model and then dresses her in a wacky pseudo-Asian outfit that looks like a parody of Betty Blythe's Queen of Sheba. When the modeling gig doesn't work out, Tessie is engaged by the owner of a Park Avenue salon who hires her to pose as an exiled Russian countess and lend his establishment a touch of exotic class. Tessie's new employer is portrayed by Frank Morgan, already playing roués at age 34, and looking very much as he would throughout his entire career. (At the screening I attended I overheard a young woman exclaim: "Wow, the Wizard of Oz as an old lech!") Tessie's new job is certainly a step up from the department store, but her disguise is threatened when she is confronted by an actual Russian exile; her escape from exposure is ingenious and amusing.

As Tessie's strange career lurches along she comes into conflict with Jimmy, and unfortunately the story takes a brief sentimental turn towards the end, but I think it goes without saying that romantic comedies like this one always end happily once the misunderstandings are ironed out. MANHANDLED is not a plot-driven film, and a simple scene-by-scene description of what happens in it really doesn't do it justice. This movie is driven by Gloria Swanson's beautifully calibrated performance: it's her priceless facial expressions as she's chewed-out by her boss at the department store, her tipsy maneuvering at the party, her Pola Negri send-up when she masquerades as a Russian countess. She's terrific, and seeing this film makes me wish she'd appeared in more comedies, and that this one could be more readily accessible for modern viewers. Swanson could do a lot more than play crazy Norma Desmond, and this film is ample and highly enjoyable proof of that.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No posts??? FranLovesBetteD
Discuss Manhandled (1924) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?