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Manpower (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 9 August 1941 (USA)
Two friends, who are members of a road crew employed by a Los Angeles power company, battle the elements to restore electrical power and trade punches over the same woman.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (original screenplay), Jerry Wald (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Hank McHenry
Marlene Dietrich ... Fay Duval
George Raft ... Johnny Marshall
Alan Hale ... Jumbo Wells
Frank McHugh ... Omaha
Eve Arden ... Dolly
Barton MacLane ... Smiley Quinn
Ward Bond ... Eddie Adams
Walter Catlett ... Sidney Whipple
Joyce Compton ... Scarlett
Lucia Carroll ... Flo
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Pop Duval
Cliff Clark ... Cully
Joseph Crehan ... Sweeney
Ben Welden ... Al Hurst
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Storyline

Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay Duval in a clip joint, but tensions start to show in the road crew as rivally between Hank and Johnny increases. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Raft and Robinson are at the brawling point!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard to Handle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Sunday 30 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Saturday 27 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 19 February 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), in New York City Saturday 23 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Sunday 17 March 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in Phoenix Monday 24 June 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

After Johnny bails Fay out of jail, they are seen walking together down a stairway at the police station. When they arrive at the first landing, as they turn and continue to descend the stairs, the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Marshall: [the phone rings] I'll get it. Oh, if it's that blonde, are you in or out?
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: Well if it's her, I'm in and ready to go out!
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Connections

Referenced in Navy Blues (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Chinatown, My Chinatown
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Played by the band at the Chinese restaurant and sung by Beal Wong
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A rugged action, with a great cast.
27 August 1999 | by Tequila-18See all my reviews

Manpower, is typical of the Warner Bros. action films of the 40's. It's filled with drama, tension, comedy and action. There is a lot of memorable dialogue, which puts modern films to shame. Probably, the best feature of this film is the cast. Dietrich, Robinson and Raft are topnotch. The supporting cast of Alan Hale, Frank McHugh, and Ward Bond lend superb comic relief. Manpower is a fun film which deserves repeated viewings.


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