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Writers:
Robert Presnell Sr. (screen play)
David Boehm (based on a play by)
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Release Date:
11 February 1933 (USA) See more »
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A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
Clara Bow, Andrei Tarkovsky, Audrey Hepburn Movies
 (From Alt Film Guide. 20 April 2012, 7:23 PM, PDT)

New York's "Essential Pre-Code" Series: Week 1
 (From MUBI. 4 August 2011, 12:48 PM, PDT)

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Pulls No Punches See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Warren William ... Kurt Anderson

Loretta Young ... Madeline
Wallace Ford ... Martin West

Alice White ... Polly
Hale Hamilton ... Monroe
Albert Gran ... Ross
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Hickox
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Hall

Frank Reicher ... Garfinkle
Charles Sellon ... Higgins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... The Editor (scenes deleted)
Oscar Apfel ... Board of Directors Member #5 (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Employee Who Refuses Paycut (uncredited)
Helene Chadwick ... Attendee at Meeting of Department Heads (uncredited)
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Bradford (uncredited)
Jesse De Vorska ... Jewish Football Customer (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Minister at Wedding (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Board of Directors Member (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... First Fired Employee (uncredited)
Muriel Gordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

George Irving ... Newspaper Owner (uncredited)

Allen Jenkins ... Sweeney - Store Detective (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Old Man at Party (uncredited)
Helen Mann ... Josie - a Salesgirl (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Hotel Janitor (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Second Fired Employee (uncredited)
Zita Moulton ... Marion - Anderson's Receptionist (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Sweet Adeline Singer (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Second Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Party Chef (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Commercial Artist (uncredited)
Florence Roberts ... Shoe Customer (uncredited)
Henry Stockbridge ... Swanson - First Witness at Wedding (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Attendee at Meeting of Department Heads (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Evans - Second Witness at Wedding (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
 
Writing credits
Robert Presnell Sr. (screen play) (as Robert Presnell)

David Boehm (based on a play by)

Produced by
Lucien Hubbard .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Barney McGill (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Gibbon 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
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75 min
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2700) (22 September 1936, for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Kurt Anderson:When a man outlives his usefulness, he ought to jump out a window.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Pulls No Punches, 16 January 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Behind the pedestrian title lurks a rather savage look at survival-era capitalism as played out during that desperate depression year of 1933. Who else is better outfitted to protect the average working stiff from cut-throat competition and unemployment than a tiger shark bigger than those circling around. Department store shark Warren William is in charge of 12,000 average Joe's, and by golly he's going to keep them swimming even if he has to eat half of them in the process. Bravura performance from William-- watch his eyes slink around the hallway before he enters the hotel room to ravish a drunkenly compliant Loretta Young. His authoritative presence commands the movie as completely as he does his underlings. Film may come as a revelation to viewers unfamiliar with pre-Code Hollywood, before the censors took over in 1934. Nonetheless, it was an era of social frankness that would not emerge again until the counter-cultural 1960's, while the movie itself would play as well today as it did then, as one reviewer sagely observes.

Much of film's value lies in getting us to think about the appeal a strongman-tyrant presents during turbulent times. We loathe William's ruthless and often cruel tactics. But at the same time he's inventive, decisive, and brutally logical-- with a single-minded dedication that goes beyond personal happiness. In short, he becomes The Department Store in the same way an effective tyrant can personify The State. He's a figure to be loathed, yet grudgingly admired at the same time, while it's a credit to the film-makers that they pull off the ambivalence as well as they do. Two scenes stay with me that help define William's compelling side--watch him nearly throw up at the smarmy speech given in behalf of the store's worthless owners, plus his face-to-face denunciation of bankers as parasitically unproductive, a passage that probably brought depression-era audiences to their feet.There are also unexpected deposits of humor, such as the bald man/balloon gag that is hilariously inventive and likely a brainstorm from ace director Roy del Ruth. On the other hand, Wallace Ford simply lacks the kind of edge to make his role as William's assistant plausible. Instead, a face-off between William and, say, Cagney would have exploded the screen.

Anyhow, don't let the forgettable title or the now obscure Warren William fool you. There are so many memorable glimpses of human honesty, that the movie must be seen to be appreciated, especially by those unfamiliar with the pre-Code era. So catch up with this cynical little gem if you can.

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