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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 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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Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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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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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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One of Borzage's greatest love stories
1 October 2002 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

This is a sadly unknown and obscure film classic from the 1930s and one of my own favorites of all Frank Borzage's love stories.

A very sad and heartbreaking tale of a German couple surviving in a Nazi-occupied town in 1920s Germany, "Little Man, What Now?" was the first Borzage film to attack Hitler and the horrors of Nazism, prefiguring the director's later anti-Nazi masterpieces like "Three Comrades"(1938), "The Mortal Storm"(1940) and "Till We Meet Again"(1944).

"Little Man" is a painfully realistic and terrifying experience, especially the second half; and yet strangely full of hope and affirmation. Margaret Sullavan is as always luminous and touching in her portrayal of Lammchen Pinneberg. It is interesting to compare "Little Man" with Sullavan's other Borzage films like "Three Comrades" and "The Mortal Storm." There's something about her sweet innocence, devotion, and luminosity that works well with Borzage's soft-focus, anti-Nazi attitude. The glittering white dress she wears half-way throughout the film seems to suggest a symbol of light and hope (however transient) for Montgomery and against the brutal 1920s depression milieu, the same way Loretta Young's heartbreaking devotion and sweetness are intended to rescue Spencer Tracy's tough, smart-alecky personality in Borzage's 1933 masterwork "Man's Castle."

As with "Man's Castle", the Depression and, particularly in this case, Nazism are less physical than a spiritual or emotional threats to Borzage's lovers. Despite the bleak, depressing reality the characters have to surpass, both "Little Man" and "Man's Castle" retain Borzage's tender touch and humanity, inviting audience forgiveness for his characters' fragility and vulnerability.

This film will break your heart and should never be missed.


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