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The Working Man (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  20 April 1933 (USA)
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Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rivals heirs who are living it up ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Reeves
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Jenny
Theodore Newton ...
Tommy
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Benjamin
Gordon Westcott ...
Pettison
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Hank Davidson
Charles E. Evans ...
Mr. Haslitt (as Charles Evans)
Frederick Burton ...
Judge Larson
Pat Wing ...
Reeves's Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ...
Mr. Briggs
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Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Mrs. Price
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Storyline

Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rivals heirs who are living it up on their dead father's money. He doesn't tell them who he is and gets placed as their trustee. He uses the chance to reorganize their shoe company, becoming a rival for his own nephew. The ne'er-do-wells settle down and become involved in the business. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

20 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adopted Father  »

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Budget:

$199,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

Although the movie takes place in New York, the letterhead that Jenny types on clearly reads "Calif." See more »

Connections

Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Played when apologizes to Reeves in the study
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What a pleasant surprise! Terrific. clever film with superb performances
11 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This obscure "Bette Davis" film is obscure enough that I had never seen it. I had heard that this was another of the minor programmers Davis made towards the beginning of the Warner Brothers career. I had also seen a number of George Arliss films and while I enjoyed them, I always thought Alriss' style of theatrical acting was quite out of date in 1933.

What a pleasant surprise! This was shown on TCM today, and is a cleverly written story about a man helps a rival company out of his problems due to his prior love for the late rival's late wife, and the fact that he met and like her children! This is not a typical Warner Brothers programmer....in many ways it's one of the brightest, most enjoyable Warner Brothers films of the period.

Gee, it would be swell to see Warners put it out on DVD.


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