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Man-Proof (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 January 1938 (USA)
Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi's mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with ... See full summary »


Richard Thorpe


Vincent Lawrence (screen play), Waldemar Young (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Mimi Swift
Franchot Tone ... Jimmy Kilmartin
Rosalind Russell ... Elizabeth Kent
Walter Pidgeon ... Alan Wythe
Rita Johnson ... Florence
Nana Bryant ... Meg Swift
Ruth Hussey ... Jane (scenes deleted)
Leonard Penn ... Bob
John Miljan ... Tommy Gaunt
William Stack William Stack ... Minister
Oscar O'Shea ... Gus
Dan Tobey Dan Tobey ... Fight Announcer


Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi's mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with men. So Mimi decides to get a job as an illustrator at the New York Chronicle where her friend Jimmy works. When Alan and Liz return from their honeymoon, Alan wants to keep Mimi at his side, and Mimi has no objections - in the beginning. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO?...if the man you loved and longed for married another woman! (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Jan.22,1938) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The film was a modest success at the box office earning MGM a profit of $217,000 ($3.7M in 2016) according to studio records. See more »


When Alan unexpectedly drops in at Mimi's apartment after meeting Jimmy at the club, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible along the top of the open door to the apartment. See more »


Meg Swift: [Laughing as she sees Mimi and Jimmy who claim to be platonic friends kissing] The end of a beautiful friendship.
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On a Sunday Afternoon
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung a cappella by Myrna Loy and Walter Pidgeon
Also whistled by Walter Pidgeon and hummed by Myrna Loy
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Not perfect but entertaining
9 April 2013 | by mystervSee all my reviews

Based on the casting that included Myra Loy and Rosalind Russell, I decided to watch this movie. Some reviews are unkind so I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it as much as I did. And I watch a lot of the thirties and forties movies. My impressions...

  • It evolved from a comedy into a more serious theme of troubled relationships. Uneven but still interesting.

  • I had to check out the date of the movie to verify that it was not pre-code film because the storyline became more 'adult' as it moved along, until the ending.

  • I enjoyed Franchot Tone, who I was not that familiar with. Definitely want to see him in some other films.

  • Some call the dialog stilted but I found myself listening closely to it because there was a lot of thought in the words spoken.

Bottom line - there are mixed reviews but I found this film to be well worth the time spent.

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Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Four Marys See more »


Box Office


$513,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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