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Man of the People (1937)

Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.


Edwin L. Marin


Frank Dolan (original story), Frank Dolan (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Joseph Calleia ... Jack Moreno
Florence Rice ... Abbey Reid
Thomas Mitchell ... William J. Grady
Ted Healy ... Joe 'The Glut' Dwyer
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Hattie Reid (as Catharine Doucet)
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney Joel Stringer
Jonathan Hale ... Carter Spetner
Robert Emmett Keane ... Prosecutor Joseph B. Murphy
Jane Barnes ... Marie Rossetti
William Ricciardi ... 'Pop' Rossetti
Noel Madison ... 'Dopey' Benny
Soledad Jiménez ... Mrs. Rossetti (as Soledad Jiminez)
Edward J. Nugent ... Edward Spetner (as Edward Nugent)
Donald Briggs ... Baldwin


Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

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Drama | Romance


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English | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Victor See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Hank Mann (Watchman), Martin Faust (Hoodlum), Frank Bruno (Hoodlum), Ernie Adams, Frank Marlowe, Ray Cooke and Nick Copeland. See more »


On the card Jack finds on the bag of booze outside his door, it states Grady's "Chowder & Social Club" is in the 72nd assembly district. But, on the door to the club it states the 76th assembly district. See more »


Let Me Day Dream
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played and sung in Russian by an unidentified man at the Russian cafe
Sung in English by Florence Rice
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A high quality B-movie...worth your time.
10 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

B-movies are not necessarily bad movies...though many people think this is the case. The term 'B-movie' was originated to refer to the second feature at a double-feature. The A-picture was usually the more prestigious film....costing more and having bigger stars. The Bs, on the other hand, were short (about an hour) and often gave supporting actors a chance to be in the lead. In "Man of the People", Joseph Calleia got to strut his stuff as a leading man, as usually he played a heavy. Oddly, however, this B clocks in at a little over 80 minutes...very long for a B.

Calleia plays Jack Moreno, a poor guy from the poorer part of New York. Despite this, he's worked hard and when the film begins he's just obtained his law degree and passed the bar....and he's finally a lawyer. However, after taking a case with a defendant who's tied in with the mob, he has to make a choice...will he continue this sort of work or try something more honest and honorable. When he chooses to try running for District Attorney and doing the right thing, the strength of the mob machine shows itself.

Calleia was good...which isn't surprising, though seeing him in the lead and NOT playing an evil guy is a bit unusual! As far as the film goes, it's neither a great B nor a cheap and forgettable picture. Instead, it's very watchable and well made...and great for fans of Bs.

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