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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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27 October 1933 (USA)  »

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The surviving print, shown on TCM, is the edited 1938 (post-Production Code) re-release, with redesigned title credits. See more »

Quotes

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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One of the essential Depression dramas
29 May 2005 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this film has long been unavailable (as other posters have noted), but this is one of the essential dramas of the Great Depression, a lyrical and touching drama of love set in a shanty-town. It features performances by Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young that are just about the finest of their careers, and it's a surpassing example of how the director, Frank Borzage, was able to create an almost fairy-tale aura around elements of poverty, crime, and horrendous social inequity, which just proves that how truly romantic and spiritual his talents were. This film shows how love survives amidst squalor and desperate need, and it is totally life-affirming. This is a real masterpiece of the period, and is a movie that deserves to be more widely known.


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