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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

A fistfight developed on the set between stars Edward G. Robinson and George Raft when Raft spun Robinson around too hard for a scene. 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

Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: Johnny, what are you doing for supper tonight?
Johnny Marshall: Oh, nothing exciting.
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: Well, come on home with me.
Johnny Marshall: Nah, it's getting to be a habit.
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: What's the matter? Don't you like the food?
Johnny Marshall: Oh sure, I like it. But if I show up at your house this week for another meal, Fay'll wind up calling the cops. And after all, you're practically still on your honeymoon.
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: I'm only asking you for supper.
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Featured in Bugsy (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Java Jive
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Music by Ben Oakland
Played at the beginning of the first scene at the Midnight Club
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Disappointing Walsh but some good acting
11 February 2004 | by Newflo2VLSee all my reviews

Walsh-directed or not, this is a mediocre film. The strained macho humor is a bore. But Dietrich is excellent, and Robinson is fine -- makes you believe every word he says. The black and white photography in the rain, though studio-bound, is stirring.


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