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Hold Your Man (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 July 1933 (USA)
A woman is sent to a reformatory when her con artist lover flees after killing a man during a botched blackmail scheme.

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Anita Loos (screen play), Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Ruby Adams
Clark Gable ... Eddie Hall
Stuart Erwin ... Al Simpson
Dorothy Burgess ... Gypsy Angikon
Muriel Kirkland ... Bertha Dillian
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Slim
Barbara Barondess ... Sadie Kline
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Tuttle
Inez Courtney ... Maizie
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Wagner
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Miss Davis
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Storyline

Eddie Hall and his partner Slim are a pair of nickel-and-dime con men on the hustle. Nearly caught by the police, Eddie ducks into Ruby Adams's apartment and convinces her to hide him. Ruby isn't averse to taking advantage of the gullible herself and has even tried to manipulate money out of Al, the square shooter from Cincinnati who adores her. Ruby and Eddie hit it off, but when Eddie accidentally kills a drunk who was pawing Ruby, he takes off and she ends up in a women's reformatory, where she discovers she is pregnant. Devastated at the thought that Eddie has deserted her, she doesn't realize that Eddie has undergone a great change--one that will have a powerful impact on her. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Two Dynamite-Charged Personalities! They clash! They clinch! A platinum cyclone meets a dimpled hurricane! And you go into a whirl! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 7 July 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tú eres mío See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Sunday 9 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 7 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 2 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City, there is no reliable documentation of its being aired at this time, although it would have been in the MGM film library then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2). This may have been as a result of sponsor resistance to its multitude of pre-code situations, very much still frowned upon in the mid to late 1950s. See more »

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When Al and Ruby go to the Elite nightclub, as they are talking about her "lost" purse, the position of the ashtray on the table in the foreground keeps changing between shots. See more »

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Lily Mae Crippen: What ya in here for?
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Lily Mae Crippen: Aww, you're foolin'
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Will You Love Me in December as You Do in May?
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Music by Ernest Ball
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Gable and Harlow
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hold Your Man (1933)

*** (out of 4)

MGM tearjerker has a couple con artists (Jean Harlow, Clark Gable) falling in love but after an accidental murder they're separated. Gable takes off and Harlow ends up in a reform school where she learns she's pregnant but fears that she'll never see her man again. I really wasn't sure where this thing was going as it blends a strange mix of comedy with drama but in the end I found it quite touching. The first half plays as a comedy and gets a lot of laughs including a hilarious scene where Gable tries hiding from the police by getting in a tub and putting soap all over himself. There are plenty of pre-code moments mixed in with most of them coming from Harlow showing off various limbs. Gable is as good as always but it's Harlow who really steals the show. This is the first time I've seen her take on a dramatic role and she nails it perfectly. She's given several emotional scenes and she comes off very well. The ending is very dramatic and contains a beautiful message that comes across very well. It's also worth noting that there's a black preacher in the film and I think this is the nicest role I've seen a black actor play in this era of Hollywood. The stereotypes we normally see in this type of film are thrown out the window and this must have been one of the earliest films to show a black man in such a nice form.


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