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Mannequin (1937)

Passed  -  Drama  -  21 January 1938 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jessie Cassidy
John L. Hennessey
Alan Curtis ...
Eddie Miller
Mary Philips ...
Beryl (as Mary Phillips)
Oscar O'Shea ...
'Pa' Cassidy
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs.Cassidy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Leo Gorcey ...


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 <>

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The Romance of a Shopgirl's Millions




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21 January 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Crawford's brother Hal and her future husband, Phillip Terry both appear in bit parts in this film. See more »


Jessie Cassidy: We're not so old now. That is, not so very. Sometimes I feel kind of... old. It's because I feel sort of, well, responsible for everything, I guess: I dump myself on you just when you were starting to get ahead - it wasn't fair; it wasn't fair to you. But I hated Hester Street so - and I wanted you, and I couldn't wait any longer - I waited so long!
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »


Always and Always
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited)
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lovely film
11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mannequin" is a charming, Joan Crawford rags to riches story set in New York City. Desperate to get out of her family's Hester Street apartment, Jessie talks her boyfriend Eddie into getting married a little sooner than planned. At her wedding dinner in a Chinese restaurant, she is spotted by the very wealthy, well known John Hennessy (Spencer Tracy) who falls in love with her immediately. He's also impressed by the depth of her love for Eddie. But it's obvious to all but Jessie that Eddie is a jerk.

This is not a big, splashy film, but a more intimate one, with a marvelous, heartfelt performance by a young Spencer Tracy, who plays a lonely man to perfection. His sincere performance drives the film. Crawford is photographed beautifully, all gorgeous eyes and softness. I'm not sure how many animals died so Crawford could be dressed so opulently in fur, but once she gets into modeling and then hits the big time, she wears some very expensive clothes. Curtis is an attractive louse, and Leo Gorcey is great as Jessie's impossible brother. Elisabeth Risdon gives a wonderful performance, with a poignant monologue to her daughter at one point.

A sweet and satisfying film.

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