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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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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


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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Release Date:

22 July 1924 (USA) See more »

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Escravizada See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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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 in a Subway
24 July 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Gloria Swanson did everything in films from Mack Sennett comedies with Charlie Chaplin to the high drama of Queen Kelly and Sunset Boulevard. Manhandled is a drama with comedy. Shop girl Swanson works at a department store and lives in the same tenement as boyfriend Tom Moore, a mechanic with big ideas. By chance she is spotted by the store owner (Arthur Housman) and invited to a party along with pal (Lilyan Tashman). A chorus girl (Ann Pennington) does a snazzy dance so Swanson does her impersonation of it, losing her underwear. Later she impersonates a Russian Countess. The owner of a ritzy store (Frank Morgan) offers her a job as a fake Countess to lure customers and Swanson is on her way to big money and big parties. She poses for a famous artist (Ian Keith) but he gets fresh and she keeps getting "manhandled." Meanwhile the boyfriend has gone off to Detroit to sell his new engine part. There is a happy ending.

Swanson is just wonderful as the gum-chewing shop girl, especially in the amazing subway scene. The print I saw did NOT include her famous impersonation of Chaplin (the inspiration for her similar scene in Sunset Boulevard), so that was a disappointment. But it's still a nice little morality tale. And Swanson was an excellent comic actress. It's easy to picture Marion Davies or Carole Lombard in this same role. The male co-stars are all OK but nothing special. Real-life showgirl Ann Pennington appears as herself in the party scene with Brooke Johns.

Originally 75 minutes, but it seems the longest version to survive runs about 69 minutes and is missing that Chaplin impersonation.

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