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Anita Loos (screen play) and
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Release Date:
7 July 1933 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Harlow and Gable sizzle but the film is only good in the first half... See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Harlow ... Ruby Adams

Clark Gable ... Eddie Hall

Stuart Erwin ... Al Simpson

Dorothy Burgess ... Gypsy Angikon
Muriel Kirkland ... Bertha Dillian
Garry Owen ... Slim
Barbara Barondess ... Sadie Kline

Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Tuttle

Inez Courtney ... Maizie
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Wagner
Helen Freeman ... Miss Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Beavers ... Elite Club Attendant (uncredited)

Wade Boteler ... Police Sergeant at Reformatory (uncredited)
Bobby Caldwell ... Ruby & Eddie's Son (uncredited)

Nora Cecil ... Miss Campbell (uncredited)

Jack Cheatham ... Policeman (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Phil Dunn (uncredited)

Nell Craig ... Miss Willard - Reformatory Matron (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Policeman Arresting Ruby (uncredited)

Lillian Harmer ... Miss Allen (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Lily Mae Crippen (uncredited)

Paul Hurst ... Aubrey C. Mitchell (uncredited)

Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Gargan (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter at Train Station (uncredited)
Eva McKenzie ... Reformatory Cooking Teacher (uncredited)

Jack Randall ... Elite Club Dance Patron (uncredited)
George Reed ... Reverend Crippen (uncredited)

Joe Sawyer ... Policeman at Reformatory (uncredited)

Charles Sellon ... Minister at Reformatory (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Neighbor in Hallway (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Elite Club Headwaiter (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Policeman at Reformatory (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Reformatory Matron (uncredited)

Henry B. Walthall ... Clergyman in Alternate Version (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood (uncredited)
Writing credits
Anita Loos (screen play) and
Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play)

Anita Loos (from a story by)

Frances Marion  uncredited

Produced by
Sam Wood .... producer
Bernard H. Hyman .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
Art Direction by
Merrill Pye 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Parkins .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dick Wade .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Lester White .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Eddie:Now listen, sweet pea, how 'bout you and me gettin' together tonight, huh?
Ruby:Well, I like your nerve!
Eddie:That ain't all you're gonna like. Wait till you see how I grow on ya.
Ruby:Yeah, I can imagine, just like a carbuncle.
Eddie:Don't be so hard to get!
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Harlow and Gable sizzle but the film is only good in the first half..., 18 September 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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