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Hold Your Man (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 July 1933 (USA)
A woman is sent to a reformatory when her con artist lover flees after killing a man during a botched blackmail scheme.

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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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Two Dynamite-Charged Personalities! They clash! They clinch! A platinum cyclone meets a dimpled hurricane! And you go into a whirl! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 7 July 1933)

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

7 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tú eres mío  »

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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

When Eddie is looking around Ruby's apartment, waiting for his clothes to dry, he spots a pennant on the wall that says "Albany Night Boat". That refers to the steamships that would depart New York City in the early evening for an overnight trip up the Hudson River to Albany. The ships had hundreds of staterooms and were often used - as the film's contemporary audience would know - for romantic getaways or illicit affairs. The pillow Eddie sees next may also have been a souvenir from the ship as it's inscribed "We're here today/Tomorrow we're through. So let's be gay. It is up to you." Such trips peaked in the early 20th century, but started to decline in the 1930's when less costly, speedier, and more efficient modes of transportation by rail and automobile came to the fore. By the 1940's, the Albany Night Boat had virtually ceased to exist. See more »

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When Al and Ruby go to the Elite nightclub, as they are talking about her "lost" purse, the position of the ashtray on the table in the foreground keeps changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lily Mae Crippen: I'm a New Gospelite. My Papa's a preacher.
Ruby: Yeah? Well, if he's a preacher, I should think he could get you out of here.
Lily Mae Crippen: Oh, but he don't wanna get me out. He put me in!
Sadie: Lily Mae used to pass around the plate at Papa's church.
Bertha: And that ain't all.
Lily Mae Crippen: Oh, hush your mouth. I didn't run around with the Navy.
Bertha: What's wrong with the Navy?
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Will You Love Me in December as You Do in May?
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Played by an organ grinder
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Con Couple Shifts into Sap Mode
25 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie down-shifts from 4th into 1st without bothering with 3rd or 2nd, grinding gears all the way to the sappy, b-movie finish-line. The con at the beginning is easily the best and cleverest part of the movie. That is worth seeing. The scene with Harlow in the bathtub occurs so fast, you may miss it. Definitely not worth all the ballyhoo provided by Robert Osborne in his TCM intro to this bad-to-mediocre confusion. There is no real conflict, and all of the characters in this supposed fringe society turn out to be saints - especially the unbelievable character, Al. I wonder if he's got a job for me in Cincinnati?


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