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The Man I Love (1947)

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

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Catherine Turney (screenplay), Jo Pagano (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Petey Brown
Robert Alda ... Nicky Toresca
Andrea King ... Sally Otis
Martha Vickers ... Virginia Brown
Bruce Bennett ... San Thomas
Alan Hale ... Riley
Dolores Moran ... Gloria O'Connor
John Ridgely ... Roy Otis
Don McGuire ... Johnny O'Connor
Warren Douglas ... Joe Brown
Craig Stevens ... Bandleader
Tony Romano Tony Romano ... Singer at Bamboo Club
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Storyline

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls in love with down-and-out ex-jazz pianist Sand Thomas, who has never quite recovered from an old divorce. While solving the problems of her sisters, brother and their next-door neighbor, the no-nonsense Petey must wait as Sand decides whether to start a new life with her or sign on with a merchant steamer. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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There should be a law against knowing the things I found out about men! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besuch in Kalifornien See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While Ida Lupino is talking to Bruce Bennett, desperately trying to keep him from leaving her, the background instrumental music is "Can't We Be Friends?". See more »

Goofs

After Petey's debut at Nicky Toresca's nightclub, the newspaper caption announcing that misspells his name as "Toresco's". See more »

Quotes

Petey Brown: [admiringly] Hey, O'Connor. What kind of vitamins do you use?
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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing on the Ceiling
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Music by Richard Rodgers
[Played briefly by the band at Nicky Toresca's after Petey's first song there]
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For the love of Ida

Ida Lupino was a magnificent actress who fulfilled the promise of intelligence and talent that always seemed to burn in her eyes by demonstrating her creative moxie as a director. Unfortunately, her career in front of the camera often found her in cast off looking pot-boilers (she got to rummage through what was rejected by Davis, Crawford, and whoever else might be hot at the moment).

This noir-ish romantic weepy with a bad nicotine cough was typical of the sows ears she tried to make fit like silk. Filmed in 1945....and not widely released til early in 1947...it is filled with competent but rather second string talent...many of whom never quite made it to the top rung. Bruce Bennett (who deserves great credit for being one of the few actors to survive being cast as Tarzan without forever being typed and stymied) does his usual low key but very sincere turn as Ida's Piano whiz turned world weary seaman (don't ask). Robert Alda is effectively smarmy as the dame hungry club owner...after Ida and just about every other female with a pulse...it is a shame that playing George Gershwin (in "Rhapsody in Blue") and having this meaty part in a film based around one of the Gershwin's greatest standards didn't lead to bigger and better film roles.

The world weary atmosphere of jaded postwar funk that lingers over the film like a cloud of smoke and stale perfume is More persuasive than the rather clunky script...( you have to give the writers credit for gaul however...the final clinch lines are lifted almost verbatim from "Now Voyager" and "Casablanca"...and tend to make this end up looking more shallow and tacky than it is).

The musical sequences are great...and Ida seems ideally suited for the role of a jam session diva...even if she did have to borrow a voice for the part. The atmosphere of electric bluesy ambiance was seldom captured better on film until Garland nailed it to perfection wailing about "the Man that got away" in 1954.

Unfortunately several numbers are missing from the print shown on TCM (which runs only 89 minutes...and is in DREADFUL shape...with many scratches, spices, breaks, and reals where the images look like something from a cheap public domain dupe of a dupe).

Here's hoping someone in the Warner Brother's Library does some digging...finds the original negative...and restores this..because Ida deserved the very best...even if she seldom got it.


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