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Little Man, What Now? (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 4 June 1934 (USA)
A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (screenplay & adaptation), Hans Fallada (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Sullavan ... Emma 'Lammchen' Pinneberg
Douglass Montgomery ... Hans Pinneberg
Alan Hale ... Holger Jachman
Catherine Doucet ... Mia Pinneberg
DeWitt Jennings ... Emil Kleinholz
Bodil Rosing ... Frau Kleinholz
Muriel Kirkland ... Marie Kleinholz
Donald Haines ... Emil Kleinholz Jr.
George Meeker ... Schultz
Paul Fix ... Lauderback
Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... Dr. Sesam
Hedda Hopper ... Nurse
Fred Kohler ... Karl Goebbler
Sarah Padden ... Widow Scharrenhofer
Mae Marsh ... Wife of Karl Goebbler
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A young couple struggling against poverty must keep their marriage a secret in order for the husband to keep his job, as his boss doesn't like to hire married men.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Co teraz, maly czlowieku? See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film takes place from 1930 to 1932. See more »

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Version of Kleiner Mann - was nun? (1967) See more »

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Outstanding Movie
25 February 2005 | by JaniemhartSee all my reviews

This movie represents the best of the early '30s soap opera genre. Based on an earthy German novel, it satisfies from the opening credits to the end. Margaret Sullavan was never more eager, poignant or believable and I think it must be the role that made her a star. Douglass Montgomery showed a promise he was never again given a chance to develop or display in Hollywood. The supporting cast included Alan Hale and Mae Marsh, two of the best actors in the business at the time. In my opinion, MGM got a great return on its investment. This movie managed to stay within the bounds of the excessive censorship in effect at the time (although some of the plot does come up to the line) and although it showed how desperate times call for desperate measures, it never lost its message of faith and hope. I hope it's available on DVD soon.


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