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Mannequin (1937)

Not Rated | | 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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Crawford's brother Hal and her future husband, Phillip Terry both appear in bit parts in this film. See more »

Quotes

Miss Beryl Lee: I don't think any man's worth any woman.
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Connections

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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Money can't buy happiness.
13 June 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I had seen "mannequin" a long time ago,at a time when I hardly knew Borzage's name .Since I saw most of his talkies and some of his silent works,and when I saw "Mannequin" again,I was a bit disappointed: it is a good film,well played by Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy but it does not hold a candle to such works as "little man what now?""three comrades" "strange cargo" or the sublime "mortal storm" my favorite Borzage.

In "mannequin" ,we feel the director's touch nevertheless.The first scenes depict a milieu where the heroine has got to fight to get out of it (see also "humoresque " (1920) " the seventh heaven" "street angel" (1927).The search for true love is a permanent feature in Borzage's canon,but Tracy/Crawford ,except in the moving final scenes are not given the same chance to shine as Margaret Sullavan /James Stewart or Janet Gaynor/Charles Farrell .Crawford becoming a mannequin is the main weakness of the plot.But in the end,anyway ,"the love you take is equal to the love you make" .Not a great Borzage ,but worth a watch.


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