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Director:
Writers:
Charles Kenyon (screen play) &
Maude T. Howell (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
20 April 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation leaving his business in the hands of his nephew... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A charming comedy set in the business world See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Arliss ... Reeves

Bette Davis ... Jenny
Theodore Newton ... Tommy

Hardie Albright ... 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

Claire McDowell ... Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ... Mrs. Price
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry C. Bradley ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
James Bush ... Tommy's Bridge Opponent (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mike - the Auditor (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Atkinson - Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Jackson - the Butler (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)

Douglass Dumbrille ... Lawyer Hammersmith (uncredited)
Helena Phillips Evans ... Anna the Cook (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Hartland Co. Man (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Tommy's Bridge Partner (uncredited)
William V. Mong ... Hartland Co. Auditor (uncredited)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Waiter on Yacht (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Helen Ann - the Maid (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Reeves Co. Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Adolfi 
 
Writing credits
Charles Kenyon (screen play) &
Maude T. Howell (screen play)

Edgar Franklin (based on a story by)

Produced by
Lucien Hubbard .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
 
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Runtime:
78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Goofs:
Continuity: Although the movie takes place in New York, the letterhead that Jenny types on clearly reads "Calif."See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A charming comedy set in the business world, 11 May 2006
Author: Phillip Schearer from Devon, PA

I just saw this gem on TCM and was completely delighted. The story is clever and well-paced. All the supporting acting is excellent, all the way down to the tiny roles of the cook and maid. It was a treat to see Bette Davis so young and sparkling.

But the greatest pleasure for me was my first chance to closely observe George Arliss. I am glad I learned years ago to watch a really good movie at two levels: to accept the reconstructed or imagined reality of the film and simultaneously to see it as an artistic creation blending acting, set design, photography, music, etc., etc. This split focus allowed me to absolutely believe Arliss' character while at the same time marveling at the ease with which he played the part, particularly since the role involved a secret identity which he moved back and forth between. I can now understand Arliss' once nearly legendary reputation and I will look forward to every other Arliss movie I can find.

Almost as great a pleasure to me was to see a film that revolves around the business world without demonizing it. Our hero is truly "The Working Man", which title has two meanings, referring both to Arliss' character's pretended lowly identity and to his actual position as the hard-working head of a major enterprise. There is one sleazy businessman in the story, but it is clear that he is a rat and an exception and that successful businesses depend on hard-working, foresightful, intelligent, and dedicated men. (And women; I was surprised by a Bette Davis line about all the women doing great things running businesses. In 1933?). Compare this to films and TV of the last 10 or 20 years which are just as likely to show business giants as swindlers, thieves, murderers, etc., or at least as callous megalomaniacs. Arliss's character HAS character, and integrity, and intelligence, and I was glad to see a positive portrait of a great businessman, especially as depicted by a great actor.

So why didn't I give the movie a 10? I can enjoy the now antique music of that era, but I thought it was intrusive at several points. Also, I thought the cleverly interwoven plot threads resolved themselves too abruptly at the end, which strained my belief for the only time in the story. But 9 out of 10 makes it still a great little film, and I'd give George Arliss more than 10 if I could.

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