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Man's Castle (1933)

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 manufacturer. He's shot and the cops are closing in: does he have any options? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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1.37 : 1
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"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 »

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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »

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a strange love story in the dream factory
27 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this film recently during a retrospective of Borzage´s filmography. It´s a film situated in that strange period of time before "Hays code" when american movies could tell stories who break (explicitly) the conservative rules of the "classic Hollywood moral". Like in other films of Borzage (The seventh heaven, bad girl...) love faces poverty and survives because of his almost "magic" nature. But what makes this film more remarkable than others from Borzage is the complexity of Spencer Tracy´s role. He is full of passion for life but also fears "everybody´s life". When he meets Loretta Young has to face a new situation than creates an earthquake of contradictions. I was very surprised with this role and it explains why this movie had so many problems in his time. In the end, a very nice surprise


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