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When her boyfriend, Jimmy, forgets a date, Tessie McGuire, a department store clerk, attends a party at the studio of Robert Brandt where she makes a hit with impersonations. There Riccardi offers her a job impersonating a Russian countess in his style emporium.
While she is fighting off suitors, Jimmy becomes successful with his automobile invention. However, when he returns to find Tessie wealthy in gowns, he accuses her of being "manhandled." Repenting her mistake, she is forgiven when he realizes her true feelings. The film was based on the short story "Manhandled" by Arthur Stringer in Satuday Evening Post in 1924.
(Source: AFI Catalogue)
What a story! What a star! Gloria at both ends of the fashion ladder. "Manhandled" has it all! Climbing the false social ladder to success, swamped with silks and furs, MANHANDLED, only to find in the end that honesty, even in love, is the best policy.(Print Ad,The Monroe Journal,((Monroe, NC)) 17 February 1925)
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had never held down a customer service job, or any form of employment outside of acting, so she spent two days at Gimbel's Department Store in New York working as a sales clerk to prepare for her role as Tessie. While there, she managed to successfully remain disguised beneath a blonde wig. She got competitive enough to try and out-sell her co-workers, none of whom recognized her. See more
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