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Man of the People (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 29 January 1937 (USA)
Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

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Jack Moreno
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Abbey Reid
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William J. Grady
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Joe 'The Glut' Dwyer
Catherine Doucet ...
Mrs. Hattie Reid (as Catharine Doucet)
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District Attorney Joel Stringer
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Carter Spetner
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Prosecutor Joseph B. Murphy
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Marie Rossetti
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'Pop' Rossetti
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'Dopey' Benny
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Mrs. Rossetti (as Soledad Jiminez)
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Edward Spetner (as Edward Nugent)
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Baldwin
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Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

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Drama | Romance

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29 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To the Victor  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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MGM production number 979. See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Played by a band at the picnic
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Perfectly fine, slightly above average second feature
12 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Man of the People is an odd feature that starts out looking like it's going to be a story about a man battling against machine politics, and then turns into a picture about a crusading attorney. The always fine Joseph Calleia stars as Joe Moreno, an Italian-American lawyer struggling to get by until a local political boss (the estimable Thomas Mitchell) takes him under his wing in exchange for defending one of his corrupt cronies. After winning the case after a remarkable courtroom sequence involving gefilte fish, Moreno has had his fill of being an organization man and tenders his resignation. He then proceeds to join up with an independently minded DA (an uncredited Frank Reicher) to take on a confidence scheme involving a gold detecting machine. Though the end result is a somewhat disjointed film, it's never less than watchable, and Calleia delivers an excellent, subtle performance.


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