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Hold Your Man (1933)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 July 1933 (USA)
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Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

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Eddie
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Al
Dorothy Burgess ...
Gypsy
Muriel Kirkland ...
Bertha
Garry Owen ...
Slim
Barbara Barondess ...
Sadie
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Tuttle
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Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Wagner
Helen Freeman ...
Miss Davis
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Eddie Hall and his partner Slim are a pair of nickel-and-dime con men on the hustle. Nearly caught by the police, Eddie ducks into Ruby Adams's apartment and convinces her to hide him. Ruby isn't averse to taking advantage of the gullible herself and has even tried to manipulate money out of Al, the square shooter from Cincinnati who adores her. Ruby and Eddie hit it off, but when Eddie accidentally kills a drunk who was pawing Ruby, he takes off and she ends up in a women's reformatory, where she discovers she is pregnant. Devastated at the thought that Eddie has deserted her, she doesn't realize that Eddie has undergone a great change--one that will have a powerful impact on her. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

7 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Alt for den Eneste  »

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$260,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Third of five movie pairings of Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: You're not sore on account of that dame, are you? She don't mean a thing to me.
Ruby: The both of you both don't mean a thing to me.
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Hold Your Man
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on a record and sung by an unidentified woman
Reprised by Jean Harlow, playing piano and singing
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Harlow and Gable sizzle but the film is only good in the first half...
18 September 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

HOLD YOUR MAN starts out as a brisk romantic comedy about a con man and a smart-talking dame (CLARK GABLE and JEAN HARLOW), and appears to be a perfect vehicle for the two stars. She aids him when he's fleeing from the police and they gradually form an intimate relationship. She comes back at him with lots of sassy remarks any time they play the flirting game and the film is entertaining, breezy and funny, full of racy situations that got by in the pre-code era.

Then--wham--the tone changes when she's picked up after a scam goes wrong and Gable escapes. She's sentenced to two years in a women's reformatory and therein the plot gets stuck in a bundle of clichés as she interacts with other "roommates" and the film loses all the charm of the earlier scenes and settles for becoming a sob story--especially when she finds out she's pregnant and has no idea whether she'll ever see Gable again. As the only honest person in the whole story, Stu Erwin does a nice job in a thankless role. Gary Owen is amusing as Gable's fellow grifter.

Fortunately, the two stars have enough chemistry together to make it all very watchable, but the disappointing mid-section and predictable ending weakens it considerably from an entertainment standpoint.


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