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When a Man's a Man (1935)

Approved | | Western | 15 February 1935 (USA)
A man who has spent all his inheritance, finds meaning in life, and love, at ranch where his ingenuity is put to good use.


Edward F. Cline


Frank Mitchell Dazey (screenplay) (as Frank M. Dazey), Agnes Christine Johnston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Larry Knight
Dorothy Wilson ... Kitty Baldwin
Paul Kelly ... Phil Acton - Foreman Cross Triangle
Harry Woods ... Nick Gambert
Jimmy Butler ... Jimmy - Newsboy
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Dean Baldwin - Cross Triangle Owner
Clarence Wilson ... Garvey - Gambert's Lawyer
Edgar Norton ... Gibbs - Servant


A landslide has diverted water from the Baldwin ranch to Cambert's. With their cattle dying, Cambert refuses to let them have any water. Easterner Larry Knight takes a job with the Baldwins and he has a plan to divert the water back to the Baldwin ranch. But Phil, jealous of Kitty's attraction to Larry, lets Cambert know of the scheme. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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remake | based on novel | See All (2) »


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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Saturday 4 March 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Remake of When a Man's a Man (1924) See more »

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A Fateful Journey to the West for the Man... George O'Brien
10 November 2019 | by glennstenbSee all my reviews

"When a Man's a Man" is perhaps a heavy-handed title for this film, although apt in that hero Larry (George O'Brien) does blossom well in response to the challenges he takes on in the world of the West where he suddenly finds himself. There are also in evidence characters who demonstrate what it is NOT to be a man. This is a sturdy western from 1935, one that noticeably takes itself more seriously than the B-westerns of the era... it might better be called a B+ western. The film has a more mature and adult air, including the acting, which is of a higher calling, including by those in support. The direction, editing, and cinematography are more considered... for example, camera placement and settings are just better and actually seem planned. The final scene is stunning and poetic in its composition and execution. Of course, Harold Bell Wright is the author of the story from which the program comes, and one would expect anything based on the work of this acclaimed writer would be given a boost on results. Furthermore, this western stands apart from its B-western cousins in that it has a strongly romantic aura, especially as it gives due attention to the developing romantic relationship between Larry and rancher's daughter Kitty (Dorothy Wilson). There are even some markedly passionate romantic moments in evidence that one won't see in a standard B-western. And one more thing... although the men in the film are of a breed accustomed to the rigors of life in the West, there is a kind of gentle purr to this film and you won't need a long piece of paper to tally up all those shot during the film. George O'Brien's warmth and controlled, properly-channeled (and therefore admirable and defining) masculinity is well on display here. So all in all, viewing "When a Man's a Man" likely will be rewarding for fans of American western movies.

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Release Date:

15 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saga of the West See more »

Filming Locations:

St. George, Utah, USA

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Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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