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Mannequin (1937)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 January 1938 (USA)
Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

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Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money into remarriage with Eddie. His plan goes awry at several points. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romance of a Shopgirl's Millions

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Joan Crawford had a brief affair with Spencer Tracy on the set of the film. See more »

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Jessie Cassidy: Eddie, I know that look in your eyes. You're saying, "What'd I do wrong now?" You didn't do anything wrong, Eddie. You never have, I guess for you, and you never will, because you don't do things for the same reasons as other people. You don't even live in the same world. You've got one all for yourself, the world by, for, and with Eddie Miller. Nobody's going to ever share your life, are they Eddie? They're just going to help you live it. Isn't that it?
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Always and Always
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Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited)
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Watchable but not entirely enjoyable
17 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Another rag-to-riches soaper for Joan Crawford. She plays a factory worker named Jessie who wants out of her rut of a life so she marries her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Eddie (Alan Curtis). On their wedding night the two meet self-made tycoon John L. Hennessey (Spencer Tracy). Hennessey becomes infatuated with Jessie and doesn't mind letting her know it, married or not. Eddie's OK with it and even encourages it, hoping to gain financially from any relationship Jessie has with Hennessey. From there things get complicated and it becomes harder and harder to root for anybody. That's the movie's biggest problem. I didn't really love any of the characters and grew not to care about what happened to them. The direction is nice, though. Frank Borzage always made good-looking movies. Loved the way the tenement building looked. Even the slums are pretty at MGM. Leo Gorcey is fun as Joan's no-good little brother. Not really my cup of tea but if you enjoy glossy MGM soap operas a lot, you'll probably have a more favorable opinion. It's also Joan's only movie with Spencer Tracy so there's that curiosity factor.


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