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Man of Iron (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 21 December 1935 (USA)
Steel mill foreman Chris Bennett (Barton MacLane) is well-liked by his men. His rapport with them leads to his promotion to general manager, and then vice-president, over Ed Tanahill (John ... See full synopsis »


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


William Wister Haines (screen play), Dawn Powell (based on a story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... Chris Bennett
Mary Astor ... Vida
John Eldredge ... Ed Tanahill
Dorothy Peterson ... Bessie Bennett
Joseph Crehan ... Tom Martin
Craig Reynolds ... Mr. Harry Adams
Joe Sawyer ... Crawford (as Joseph Sawyer)
Joe King ... Harrison Balding (as Joseph King)
John Qualen ... Collins - a Factory Worker
Bill Elliott ... Charlie Fagan (as Gordon Elliott)
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Mrs. Balding
Edward Keane ... Mortgage Man


Steel mill foreman Chris Bennett (Barton MacLane) is well-liked by his men. His rapport with them leads to his promotion to general manager, and then vice-president, over Ed Tanahill (John Eldredge), cousin of Harrison Balding (Joseph King), the mill's owner.

Bitter about being passed over, Tanahill and his secretary, Vida (Mary Astor), plot to keep Chris from interacting directly with the workers. With Tanahill's encouragement, Chris spends his time golfing and monitoring progress on the construction of his expensive new house. His old friends in the mill feel abandoned. Only Tom Martin (Joseph Crehan) is sure that Chris is still on their side.

Chris's wife Bessie Bessie (Dorothy Peterson) is also unhappy about the change in their life. She misses her old friends and begs Chris to return to his former job. When Balding takes a vacation, leaving Chris in charge, things completely fall apart at the mill. The men are angry that they must work overtime for no extra money to repair a ...

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Release Date:

21 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delírio de Grandeza See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The following actors are listed in studio records as appearing in this film, "Man of Iron (1936)" but were not seen in the print: George Reed (as Waiter), Budd Fine, Eddie Shubert, Gordon Carveth, Dick Bitgood, Sam Appel, George Magull, and Bert Lindley. George Magull may have been a misspelled George Magrill. See more »


Spoofed in Man of Tin (1940) See more »


My Wild Irish Rose
(1899) (uncredited)
Written by Chauncey Olcott
Sung by Barton MacLane in a shower, twice, men at the country club
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Too Dumb to Really Work
27 May 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Man of Iron (1935)

** (out of 4)

Chris Bennett (Barton MacLane) works the floor at a factory where everyone of the blue collar workers love him. He's eventually promoted to General Manager and then Vice President but he starts to lose focus of the real job when a dirty couple (John Eldredge, Mary Astor) start to fill his mind with the wrong stuff. Soon Bennett loses his friends and his job is at stake when the workers decide to go up against him. MAN OF IRON is mildly entertaining thanks in large part to MacLane's performance but there's still no question that its story is quite stupid and just continues to grow dumber from one scene to the next. There's no question that the biggest problem is the screenplay. It seems pretty clear that Warner was wanting another hard-hitting drama where the working men looked great while money was shown as being something evil. All sorts of Warner pictures handled this subject and most of them weren't as far-fetched as this one here. The biggest problem is that Bennett is such an idiot that he never catches on to even the smallest things and this really hurts the film and his character. You'd think he'd have at least a little common sense but in order for the story to move the screenwriters had to turn him into an idiot and in the end this just becomes annoying and keeps the film from being as powerful as it wants to be. MacLane is extremely good in his role and I thought he certainly kept the picture moving. Eldredge is also very good in the role of the snake and we get Astor who is pretty much wasted in a thankless role. MAN OF IRON clocks in at just 63-minutes so it moves fast enough but it just needed a bit more.

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