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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.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Chicago Friday 15 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles Tuesday 19 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 18 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 13 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 11 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Honolulu 28 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Seattle 25 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland 5 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in San Francisco 28 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Tampa 29 January 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8); but in New York City its earliest documented airing did not take place until 19 July 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(uncredited)
Traditional Italian folksong
Played often in the score
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Perfectly fine, slightly above average second feature
12 October 2005 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Man of the People is an odd feature that starts out looking like it's going to be a story about a man battling against machine politics, and then turns into a picture about a crusading attorney. The always fine Joseph Calleia stars as Joe Moreno, an Italian-American lawyer struggling to get by until a local political boss (the estimable Thomas Mitchell) takes him under his wing in exchange for defending one of his corrupt cronies. After winning the case after a remarkable courtroom sequence involving gefilte fish, Moreno has had his fill of being an organization man and tenders his resignation. He then proceeds to join up with an independently minded DA (an uncredited Frank Reicher) to take on a confidence scheme involving a gold detecting machine. Though the end result is a somewhat disjointed film, it's never less than watchable, and Calleia delivers an excellent, subtle performance.


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