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Man Wanted (1932)

Not Rated  |   |  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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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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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 »

Quotes

Fred 'Freddie' Ames: Hey, you changed your office, haven't you? I hardly recognize it.
Lois Ames: You should come down oftener and see where your busy little wife works.
Fred 'Freddie' Ames: You're a swell girl, Lois. Don't you ever recent having a rich loafer for a husband?
Lois Ames: Never.
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Can't We Talk It Over
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Music by Victor Young
Played on the piano when Lois and Freddie are at the restaurant
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Thoroughly Modern Thirties Romantic Tale
15 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Man Wanted" is a delightful film that reflects so many of the themes of its time. Released in 1932, this pre-Code story plays with conventions, titillating the audiences of its day.

First of all, there is a reversal of gender roles involving the central characters. Kay Francis plays a female executive who hires a male secretary. She is all business, but the two of them occasionally find themselves playing peek-a-boo with their libidos. Her husband spends his time playing polo and partying.

The dialogue is filled with allusions to the "free love" and open marriage ideas of the time. The characters flirt with the freedoms that, no doubt, intrigued audiences of the thirties. They considered the possibility of marriage as a relationship of equals who respect each other without binding.

Some of the peripheral characters are not very developed, but the central characters are very strong. Dressed to the nines and occupying some stylish art deco sets, they glibly play their parts while showing that underneath there are other, more serious, emotions at play. In this, the story is maybe not so modern, eventually paying its homage to love and the honesty of traditional commitments.

Kay Francis and David Manners are both filmed strikingly. There is one scene of a stolen kiss that is iconic. The director uses the camera to convey a sense of intimacy when required. At other times, he lets the camera flow through a scene, capturing the feeling of gaiety and demonstrating a facility that is very welcome so early in the history of talkies.


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