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When a Man's a Man (1935)

Approved | | Western | 15 February 1935 (USA)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

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

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 Clarence Wilson ... Garvey - Gambert's Lawyer
Edgar Norton ... Gibbs - Servant
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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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He Was A Man's Man... but a woman owned his heart! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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Good B-Western Melodrama
16 April 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Happy-go-lucky easterner George O'Brien steps off a train to stretch his legs and ends up stranded in the middle of nowhere. On a whim, he takes a job at a local ranch and winds up in the middle of a water-rights dispute, as well as a love-triangle involving the foreman and the the ranch-owner's pretty daughter.

A very laid back B-western, When A Man's A Man features the often repeated theme of the eastern tenderfoot, who goes west, becomes a man, and gets the girl.

There's more melodrama and romance than action this time around. However, the characters are so appealing, with likable performances by O'Brien and leading lady Dorothy Wilson (who's quite charming), that it makes the film pretty compelling and well worth watching. Fans of shoot-em-up action-adventures might be disappointed though.

Things heat up considerably, making for a tense climax and a satisfying conclusion.


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