Man's Castle (1933)

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Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.



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12 million Americans are out of work. Trina is homeless and hungry when Bill takes her under his wing, showing her a squatter's camp where she can live. She's soon in love with him, making a castle for him inside a shack; but he's bluff, gruff, and a "bindlestiff," a guy who can't stay put. When Trina tells Bill she's pregnant, he's ready to jump a freight train and move on, but first he wants to leave Trina with some money, so he partners up with Bragg, the camp's louse (who's been eyeing Trina), to rob a toy store. He's shot and the cops are closing in: does he have any options? Written by <>

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Hers was the beauty of awakening dawn - binding his fickle heart forever more! (One-sheet poster).


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Release Date:

27 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Man's Castle  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1941 with Spencer Tracy reprising his film role. See more »


Bill: No female has to starve in a town like this.
Trina: Have you ever been out of work for a whole year?
Bill: I been outta work all my life. Besides, the unemployment situation's got nothin' to with women. Didja ever think of that?
Trina: Yeah, I thought of it.
Bill: Well?
Trina: [looking down] I couldn't.
Bill: Oh, I s'pose the river would be better than that.
Trina: Yeah, I thought of that, too.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »


Sung by Glenda Farrell
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Depression Era Melodrama
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd never even remotely heard of this one when I came upon it. This one seems similar to My Man Godfrey. The big difference being the comedy part that this one doesn't have.

A poor and hungry Loretta Young sits next to a poor but content Spencer Tracy on a park bench. He finds out she's starving and takes her in and shows her the ropes around his home in a shanty town. Even though life is tough in the depression he makes it easy on her and always seems to put her mind at ease when food and money are low. He's always taking one odd job after another. Eventually he falls in love with her but he's not a guy who likes to hold on to things or to be tied down. He's always ready to move on. Problem is though, he never does. The trials and tribulations of a poor couple during the midst of the depression is the basic premise for the rest of the film. How to get money and living around a few characters in the same situation they live in. Trying to make the right moral decisions and doing the right thing.

This one is worth a watch because Spencer Tracy makes any film he does very watchable. He's basically the same in all films but he, like Clark Gable, could play every different role the same and you still wanna watch it. Loretta Young is as beautiful as she always was and plays the poor little starving but thankful girl just right. Grab this one and watch a tiny glimpse of what the depression was like at the time this was made. After this, try Meet John Doe and see a better film on a similar topic.

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