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Man Wanted (1932)

Not Rated | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 23 April 1932 (USA)
A female editor of a magazine falls in love with her male secretary.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Lois Ames
... Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
... Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
... Andy Doyle
... Fred 'Freddie' Ames
... Ann Le Maire
... Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
... Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
... Harper (scenes deleted)
... Youngster in Store (as Junior Coghlan)
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Storyline

Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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23 April 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Dangerous Brunette  »

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Guy Kibbee (Devins) and Virginia Sale (Miss Winkler) are listed in studio records for acting in this movie, but were not seen. Robert Greig is credited onscreen as Harper, a role played by Elizabeth Patterson. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom': Listen, kid, it isn't fair to you to be engaged.
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: Why not?
Thomas 'Tom': Well, that night we were all swanked up and I talked you into it. Who am I to be engaged to any woman?
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: You know something, you were just fooling, but, its true, if you hadn't been swank that night, we wouldn't be engaged.
Thomas 'Tom': I knew you had brains. I knew you'd see it that way.
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: Why, of course, I do. Seeing you swank was what made me fall in love with you - the swell way you carried your liquor. Any boy who can get away with what you did, so ...
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River, Stay 'Way from My Door
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Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung a cappella by David Manners and Andy Devine
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Solid romantic drama
14 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Though the story told in Man Wanted isn't terribly original--or of particular interest--the film is worth seeing for several reasons. Kay Francis is excellent as a business woman who has everything but love (naturally), and David Manners is an affable and pleasant leading man. But the real stars of the film are William Dieterle's expressionistic direction and Gregg Toland's stunning cinematography. Toland's work is exemplary, with shot after shot displaying depth and intelligent composition. And who knows if Dieterle or Toland was ultimately responsible for a fabulous shot of Francis looking through a lace curtain? This is a wonderful looking film only partly let down by a somewhat pedestrian screenplay.


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