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Mannequin (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 21 January 1938 (USA)
Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Katharine Brush (based on the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Jessie Cassidy
Spencer Tracy ... John L. Hennessey
Alan Curtis ... Eddie Miller
Ralph Morgan ... Briggs
Mary Philips ... Beryl (as Mary Phillips)
Oscar O'Shea ... 'Pa' Cassidy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs.Cassidy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Leo Gorcey ... Clifford
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Storyline

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money into remarriage with Eddie. His plan goes awry at several points. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romance of a Shopgirl's Millions

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$595,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford had a brief affair with Spencer Tracy on the set of the film. See more »

Quotes

Jessie Cassidy: Eddie Miller took me away from Hester Street. Can't you understand that?
Miss Beryl Lee: A streetcar could have done that, and cost you less.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Always and Always
(1937)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited)
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One of Borzage's very best films.
1 March 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

One of Frank Borzage's very best films is also one of his least known. He made "Mannequin" in 1937 with Joan Crawford as the working-class girl who marries her childhood sweetheart, Alan Curtis, but he's a heel. Then she meets sweet self-made millionaire Spencer Tracy who's got a soft spot for her, so her heel of a husband comes up with a plan for her to divorce him and marry Tracy so they can split the money. It's a surprisingly tough little movie, (the title doesn't really do it justice), beautifully written by Lawrence Hazard from Katharine Brush's story and both Tracy and Crawford are superb.

This was Crawford when she was a real actress and at her least self-conscious and the movie came out in the same year that Tracy won his first Oscar for "Captain's Courageous", but he's so much better here. It's a lovely, naturalistic performance, very simple and direct, and it showed what a great romantic actor he was. Indeed, Borzage even managed to get a good performance out of Curtis as the heel. This is one Borzage picture that cries out for a revival.


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