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      Little Man, What Now?

      Released May 1, 1934 1h 31m Romance List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 79% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Hans (Douglass Montgomery) and Emma Pinneberg (Margaret Sullavan) are a newly married couple living in rural Germany. In search of fortune, the pair set out for Berlin, moving in with Hans' stepmother, who works with the shady Holger Jachman (Alan Hale). After Jachman finds him a job, Hans discovers that his stepmother is running a brothel, and that Jachman has eyes for Emma. Leaving the house, the pair struggles to find solid ground as Hans looks for work to support his pregnant wife. Read More Read Less

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic For Douglass Montgomery as the Little Man, the only logical comment is, So what -- which comment may as well be enlarged to include the whole lagging story. Jan 22, 2024 Full Review TIME Staff TIME Magazine Little Man, What Now is not one of Director Borzage's best pictures but it has the qualities of intelligence, honesty and observance which are indelibly part of his style. Jul 20, 2020 Full Review Dan Callahan Slant Magazine Maybe it's hindsight, or maybe it's Borzage's talent, but Little Man, What Now? does manage to suggest what was happening within this embattled, darkening country. Rated: 3/4 Jul 26, 2006 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said Borzage's great attention to detail in pre-War Germany (shot on the Universal lot) foreshadows with its portrayal of misery, starvation, and economic failure, the rise of someone like Hitler who said he could fix everything. Rated: 4/4 Oct 14, 2022 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Margaret Sullavan and Douglass Montgomery make this tale of young love and poverty one of the most poignant films of the season. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Borzage's Berlin Alexanderplatz Feb 29, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      acsdoug D A decent enough story and a good performance from Margaret Sullivan Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/29/23 Full Review Ken R Legendary American born director Frank Borzage was a master at romance set in difficult situations. He specialised in stories set in Germany just before or during the build-up to WW11 (The Mortal Storm '40 - Three Comrades ‘38) In this interesting pre-code drama he's following two young lovers in 1930s Germany - as they hide the fact they are newly married and expecting a child. The young man (Douglas Montgomery) is keeping his secret to protect his current job - that for various reasons demands he's single. The settings (outdoor and indoor) are a delight to the eye, even when they are living in a stable! This is life as raw as it can be for two young newlyweds living in the glow of their own love—within a rapidly changing pre-war German landscape. Prolific veteran cinematographer Norbert Brodin (known for several classic Noir dramas including "The Kiss of Death" '47) who, with a combination of fine art and set direction; create a dreamlike poetic look for this thoughtful and offbeat film that deserves to be better known. Highly recommended for lovers of vintage dramas that highlight a historical time gone by, and do so with a special flair. Also, for the truly remarkable, unforgettable Margaret Sullavan. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/26/20 Full Review Audience Member Borzage's Berlin Alexanderplatz Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Seldom can you go wrong with Borzage! And Sullavan, for that matter. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful romance. One of Borzage's best films about love conquering the external forces of the outside world. Not as soft focused and fairytale-ish as Man's Castle or Mannequin, but still a wonderful film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Hans (Douglass Montgomery) and Emma Pinneberg (Margaret Sullavan) are a newly married couple living in rural Germany. In search of fortune, the pair set out for Berlin, moving in with Hans' stepmother, who works with the shady Holger Jachman (Alan Hale). After Jachman finds him a job, Hans discovers that his stepmother is running a brothel, and that Jachman has eyes for Emma. Leaving the house, the pair struggles to find solid ground as Hans looks for work to support his pregnant wife.
      Director
      Frank Borzage
      Producer
      Carl Laemmle Jr.
      Screenwriter
      Wm. Anthony McGuire
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 1, 1934, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 2, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 31m