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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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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 See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Near the beginning of the film, Jessie mentions she and her family live on Hester Street, which would be in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. A few minutes later, a street sign is shown indicating they live near Eldridge Street which would place their apartment one to two blocks east of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park (named for President Franklin Roosevelt's mother in 1934). See more »

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Jessie Cassidy: If you want these peeled, peel 'em yourself.
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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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lovely film
11 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Mannequin" is a charming, Joan Crawford rags to riches story set in New York City. Desperate to get out of her family's Hester Street apartment, Jessie talks her boyfriend Eddie into getting married a little sooner than planned. At her wedding dinner in a Chinese restaurant, she is spotted by the very wealthy, well known John Hennessy (Spencer Tracy) who falls in love with her immediately. He's also impressed by the depth of her love for Eddie. But it's obvious to all but Jessie that Eddie is a jerk.

This is not a big, splashy film, but a more intimate one, with a marvelous, heartfelt performance by a young Spencer Tracy, who plays a lonely man to perfection. His sincere performance drives the film. Crawford is photographed beautifully, all gorgeous eyes and softness. I'm not sure how many animals died so Crawford could be dressed so opulently in fur, but once she gets into modeling and then hits the big time, she wears some very expensive clothes. Curtis is an attractive louse, and Leo Gorcey is great as Jessie's impossible brother. Elisabeth Risdon gives a wonderful performance, with a poignant monologue to her daughter at one point.

A sweet and satisfying film.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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