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Manpower (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  9 August 1941 (USA)
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Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay ... See full summary »

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Johnny Marshall
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Jumbo Wells
Frank McHugh ...
Omaha
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Dolly
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Smiley Quinn
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Eddie Adams
Walter Catlett ...
Sidney Whipple
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Scarlett
Lucia Carroll ...
Flo
Egon Brecher ...
Pop Duval
Cliff Clark ...
Cully
Joseph Crehan ...
Sweeney
Ben Welden ...
Al Hurst
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Storyline

Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay Duval in a clip joint, but tensions start to show in the road crew as rivally between Hank and Johnny increases. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Raft and Robinson are at the brawling point!

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9 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Herzen in Flammen  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While visiting his friend George Raft on the set, Bugsy Siegel was introduced to Virginia Hill. In the scene where Raft gets into a brawl with Barton MacLane, Hill appears as the hat-check girl to whom Raft gives a smashed chair as he leaves the nightclub. The brawl scene and Bugsy Siegel's first meeting with Virginia Hill on the gas station movie set are recreated in Bugsy (1991). See more »

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After Johnny bails Fay out of jail, they are seen walking together down a stairway at the police station. When they arrive at the first landing, as they turn and continue to descend the stairs, the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: You know, I can't figure it. I like the dames, but they don't go for me. I'm strictly a cold wire in that department.
Johnny Marshall: For every guy in this world, there's a dame. You just gotta wait.
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: Yeah, I'm waitin'. Only I want to whisper 'I love you' with my own teeth!
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on the harmonium by an uncredited person during the wedding
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Robinson and Raft fight over Marlene...who generally appears non-plussed
31 August 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

This original screenplay from writers Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald is essentially a drama about California linesmen for the power company, two of whom (Edward G. Robinson and George Raft) get tangled up over a sultry woman just out of the pen (and a recent graduate of a local clip joint). Uneasily cast film with overlays of raucous comedy, brotherly roughhousing, static adventure...but oddly, no romance. Robinson and Marlene Dietrich end up married, but the union seems loveless (she's indifferent to him, while he stays mostly hungover). Dietrich sings one colorless tune and seems to fight a case of the blahs. Special effects are good, but the mostly male supporting cast quickly tire the ear with would-be lascivious stories of 'dames' and 'babes'. Eve Arden has some funny one-liners playing Marlene's hostess co-hort, and there's a wild bit of satire set in a hash-joint. **1/2 from ****


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