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Man Wanted (1932)

 -  Romance | Comedy | Drama  -  23 April 1932 (USA)
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Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an ... See full summary »

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Lois Ames
David Manners ...
Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
Una Merkel ...
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
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Andy Doyle
Kenneth Thomson ...
Fred 'Freddie' Ames
Claire Dodd ...
Ann Le Maire
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ...
Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
Robert Greig ...
Harper (scenes deleted)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Youngster in Store (as Junior Coghlan)
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Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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23 April 1932 (USA)  »

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A Dangerous Brunette  »

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Guy Kibbee (Devins) and Virginia Sale (Miss Winkler) are listed in studio records for acting in this movie, but were not seen. Robert Greig is credited onscreen as Harper, a role played by Elizabeth Patterson. See more »

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The More You Hurt Me (the More You Make Me Care)
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Music by Harry Warren
First tune played in the Bar Harbor hotel room
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Delightful Dieterle gem
17 February 2004 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Fast-paced and well directed, Man Wanted is a compact entertainment that provides a window to early 1930s attitudes on several subjects but doesn't sermonize on any of them. Kay Francis and David Manners are sufficiently colorless to be easily molded by director Dieterle, who adds interesting pictorial touches throughout. Also of great interest is Gregg Toland's remarkable cinematography. The fact that the film is somewhat hard to categorize - is it a melodrama with comic touches or a satire with occasional pathos? - indicates the cleverness of Dieterle and writers Robert Lord and Charles Kenyon. The filmmakers are anything but heavy-handed in their commentary on gender roles, leaving the audience to reach its own conclusions about thorny workplace issues that persist in the 21st century. Adding to the general delight of the film are Andy Devine and Una Merkel in unexpected roles, with Elizabeth Patterson and Edward Van Sloan also glimpsed in very different parts than those for which they are most well known. This gem, seen occasionally on TCM, is well worth your time.


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