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Manhandled (1924)

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... See full synopsis »

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Allan Dwan

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Julian Johnson (titles), Sidney R. Kent (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Tessie McGuire
Tom Moore ... Jim Hogan
Lilyan Tashman ... Pinkie Moran
Ian Keith ... Robert Brandt
Arthur Housman ... Chip Thorndyke
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Paul Garretson
Frank Morgan ... Arno Riccardi
Pierre Collosse Pierre Collosse ... Bippo (as M. Collosse)
Marie Shelton Marie Shelton ... Model
Carrie Scott Carrie Scott ... Boarding House Keeper
Ann Pennington ... Herself
Brooke Johns Brooke Johns ... Himself
Frank Allworth Frank Allworth ... Salesman
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Storyline

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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escravizada See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gloria Swanson 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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Swanson shows what it takes to be a star!
19 May 2005 | by sryder-1See all my reviews

As one reviewer noted, the high spots are not evenly dispersed within the film. Also, my copy is also abridged, which probably accounts for the lack of transitions between many scenes. However, the seller seems to have had access to a fairly clear print. For me, the subway scene by itself was worth buying the tape. Swanson had a real gift for comedy, as seen in her varied expressions as she is shoved, loses her hat, and has to edge her way both onto and out of the subway car. Undoubtedly, the director deliberately chose tall or burly men for the scene, since they contrast so sharply with Swanson's diminutive stature. I happen to have viewed this film only a coupole of weeks after having seen Sadie Thompson. In my review of that film, I noted that she managed to infuse even the shady character of Sadie with some humor. The plot of Manhandled is, of course, much weaker, and it is difficult to remember any of the other performances. Swanson was a true star, one who could shine even in the midst of a mediocre plot, as she does here. If we think of "Bette Davis eyes", we can also think of the "Gloria Swanson facial expression" that she could vary to meet a diversity of emotions. As one who knew her first from Sunset Boulevard, it is interesting to note in her silent films, the anticipation of her performance there, with its wide range of emotions required from the star. When Norma Desmond laments the loss of faces in sound film, Swanson must ruefully have her own experience in mind. Without her, the stale plot of Manhandled would have gone the way of all B-flicks. That's what a star does.


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