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      A Man's Castle

      1933 1h 10m Romance List
      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 76% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In this Depression-era drama, the gruff and homeless Bill (Spencer Tracy) decides to help out the beautiful, destitute Trina (Loretta Young). Trina falls for Bill, and they set up house together in a shantytown, but he longs to get out of New York City and hit the open road. When Trina discovers she's pregnant, Bill plans to rob a toy store with a shifty drifter named Bragg (Arthur Hohl) in order to leave her with money. But will the scheme pan out? Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Filming the streetwise action and the colorful, caustic language from Jo Swerling's script, the director, Frank Borzage, finds sanctified tenderness in the poignant absurdities and grubby brutalities of gutter-level striving. Feb 6, 2017 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Some of the wisecracks Tracy is called upon to read are of the roughest, most inconsiderate kind. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times Even though Frank Borzage in his direction of Man's Castle... gives an occasional fleeting reminder of his successful silent film, "Seventh Heaven," the story is by no means as plausible or as poetic as that memorable old work. Mar 3, 2007 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair Bathetic and fantastic as the story may seem, it finds redemption in Mr. Borzage's at times inspired direction and in the genuinely fine and understanding performances of Spencer Tracy, as Bill, and Loretta Young, as Trina. Jun 11, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Haunting, magical romance set in the Depression. Aug 5, 2013 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Frank Borzage's vision of lower depths and heightened feelings Nov 16, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Frank Borzage's romantic drama, set during the Depression, benefits greatly from good performances by Tracy and Young. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member An online friend who is probably one of the biggest cinephiles I know ranked this as her #1 film of all time. I wouldn't go that far personally. But it's certainly a very good movie. This was made in 1933 during the Great Depression and a lot of mainstream Hollywood films would make movies focusing on rich people or musical fantasies or about the past. This one actually made a film about its present and its protagonists are poor people. It's a simple story about a con man/hoodlum/two-bit hustler who meets and falls in love (though he tries to deny it) with a young lady. Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young both give marvelous performances and the film balances the comic and tragic elements expertly. It's far from my all-time favorite but it is still a highly recommend film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member great look at the depression era in this early rom-com (well kinda). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Melodrama trabajado con maestría, con la consciencia de la importancia que tiene una elaboración de personajes redonda y humanista. Eso y la gran actuación de Spencer Tracy. / Melodrama wrought masterfully, with the awareness of how important is a rounded and humanist character elaboration. That and Spencer Tracy's great performance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review walter m [font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" starts with Bill(Spencer Tracy), dapper in a tuxedo, feeding pigeons in Central Park next to Trina(Loretta Young) who has not eaten in two days, so he does the sensible thing and suggests a restaurant. At the end of the meal, he announces that contrary to appearances he does not have any money and somehow bluffs their way out of there without being arrested.(The tuxedo is for one of the odd jobs he is constantly working.) In reality, he lives in a shantytown by the East River, changing locations at least once a month and preferring to sleep under the open sky. Upon his return, he introduces Trina to his various neighbors before inviting her to stay.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" is an entertaining romance that has less to do with the economic circumstances of the Great Depression, then with the idea of domesticity which has a novel spin put on it at the end. Domesticity is the one thing Bill fears which is ironic since he is being slowly drawn into it with his relationship with Trina.(Bill may talk tough but he is actually soft at heart.) But after a while, she is only shown cleaning house, hanging curtains or cooking.[/font] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In this Depression-era drama, the gruff and homeless Bill (Spencer Tracy) decides to help out the beautiful, destitute Trina (Loretta Young). Trina falls for Bill, and they set up house together in a shantytown, but he longs to get out of New York City and hit the open road. When Trina discovers she's pregnant, Bill plans to rob a toy store with a shifty drifter named Bragg (Arthur Hohl) in order to leave her with money. But will the scheme pan out?
      Director
      Frank Borzage
      Screenwriter
      Jo Swerling
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 10m