Railroad fireman Bill White is a carefree ladies' man with an irresponsible streak. His buddy Jack Kulper, an engineer, is more solid and reliable. Bill comes to stay a while with Jack and his wife Lily. Bill and Lily fall in love, but not wishing to hurt Jack, Bill leaves without explanation. When Jack confronts Bill about his suspicions, the two fight and Jack is seriously injured. Bill is consumed with guilt and tries to make good, but Jack has his own ideas about that. Written by
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[Slapping the more-than-ample derriere of the waitress while her back is turned]
How are you, Davenport?
You stop callin' me that!Honest to goodness, you're gettin' something fierce!
Hog wild, Baby, and no foolin'. Scramble three and a cup of jamocha.
[Yelling to the cook offscreen]
Scramble three in a hurry - it's Bill White!
Bread or toast or maybe you'd like a bun?
[Implying a double entendre]
No, had one last night.
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This film fascinated me for many reasons: Actors in rare starring roles, other actors who became major stars later, a setting very rare in films, and a story presented unlike anything else I've ever seen.
Regis Toomey was a prolific actor with hundreds of roles, and he was always dependable, yet he seldom was the star.
The same can be said, almost word for word, about Grant Withers.
Together, they made a good team, a complementary team of contrasts.
Mary Astor, on the other hand, was often considered a star. She also wrote books, at least one of which made certain other Hollywood women angry at her. Another, "A Place Called Saturday," was a novel about living in the desert, and I really enjoyed it, having read it just before moving to the desert myself.
James Cagney and Joan Blondell, in supporting roles, stood out, at least as much as, if not more than, the stars -- and this was early in their careers.
The railroad setting, though, was something I have never seen dealt with in such a fashion (and makes me wish an "Atlas Shrugged" film could have been made when trains were still important). The trains themselves, and the railroad generally, with the intriguing characters attracted thereto, make "Other Men's Women" a great piece of cinema history and a good piece of entertainment.
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