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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

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

Goofs

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

Eddie: You know all the answers, don't ya?
Ruby: Sure, to dumb questions.
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Featured in Kansas City (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Takes a wrong turn - and then another
9 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Characters are believable when they are consistent, or when a circumstance arises that will justify change. The authors appear to have forgotten these basics.

What begins as a very entertaining slam-bang wisecracking streetsmarts drama, with Gable and especially Harlow playing their roles to the hilt, goes soft after he abandons her and she finds herself in prison and pregnant. The toughness and grit that made the characters so appealing are nowhere in evidence once she finds herself dewy-eyed in love with him, and once his pangs of conscience drive him into the snare he is so determined to avoid. In real life (sic) she would have known dozens of guys like him, making certain not to get serious about any of them; for his part, she wouldn't have been the first girl he left in the lurch without giving it a second thought.

Enjoy the first half of the picture, but then be ready for a letdown.


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