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      Mannequin

      Released Dec 14, 1937 1h 35m Drama List
      Reviews 63% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Desperate to leave behind the poverty of her home life, pretty Jessie Cassidy (Joan Crawford) pushes her boyfriend, Eddie (Alan Curtis), to marry her. Eddie then convinces Jessie to work as a showgirl to support them until he can find work. Oblivious to Eddie's shiftless nature, Jessie complies. Months later, at a party thrown for the show by shipping tycoon John Hennessy (Spencer Tracy), the still-unemployed Eddie notes John's attraction to Jessie and makes a shocking proposal to his wife. Read More Read Less

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      Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine [Joan Crawford's] problem here is so simple that one wonders why she makes it so difficult for herself. Aug 12, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Uneven look at a woman trying to climb out of poverty in the Depression. Aug 5, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: C Oct 16, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A woman's pic that takes her point of view on marriage as if it were gospel. Rated: C+ May 15, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Really sweet and impeccably acted. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/08/24 Full Review Audience Member Not an instant classic, but fine performances from Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy. Being a pre-code film, it also has some fun zingers and one-liners that would quickly disappear from later classic films. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Not to be confused with the Andrew McCarthy/Kim Catrall movie. Joan, a little too old for the role, is a factory worker who lives with her parents and no-good brother (a Dead End Kid!) on the Lower East Side. She marries her sweetheart to escape her drudgery of a life, and at their wedding celebration at a Jewish Chop Suey house, self-made millionaire Spencer Tracy sends champagne over to the happy couple. Joan's husband turns out to be a con artist dirtbag, melodrama ensues. This is 56th of Joan's 81 films that I've seen, and one of the best I've watched in a while. Sudsy and entertaining to the end. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Starter watching this movie on TVby chance, was quite taken in. I thought it was interesting to get Spencer Tracy who is not necessarily the handsomest of men to win the girl. The ending is very touching. Joan and Spencer are terrific together. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Limp MGM melodrama. The pairing of Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy must have seemed clever at the time - retrospect isn't nearly so kind. The plot chugs along, and Borzage gives it no spark, flair, or life. He seems as bored as the audience. Looking at the trajectory of Borzage's output from the late 20s to the late 30s, I can safely say that the it's true: Fox was the directors' studio, whereas MGM was all about its stars. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member [IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b106/hereinmyhead/manoman.jpg[/IMG] Director Frank Borzage takes a typical rags to riches Crawford vehicle and amazingly makes it feel fresh and new. While it is not one of her greatest films. It is the only to pair her with Spencer Tracy. They make fireworks ignite. In order to escape the life she hates Jessie marrie good for nothing Eddie Miller (a very hot actor named Alan Curtis) in hopes of a simple happy future. She eventually meets tugboat tycoon John Hennessey. The film belongs to its star's chemistry and Joan gives a touching performance that is never over acted. I really enjoyed the film despite some (not alot) silly dialogue. Oh and we simply cannot forget the lovely Adrian wardrobe. Adrian worked for Crawford in nearly all her films for MGM. As well as working with de Garbo. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Desperate to leave behind the poverty of her home life, pretty Jessie Cassidy (Joan Crawford) pushes her boyfriend, Eddie (Alan Curtis), to marry her. Eddie then convinces Jessie to work as a showgirl to support them until he can find work. Oblivious to Eddie's shiftless nature, Jessie complies. Months later, at a party thrown for the show by shipping tycoon John Hennessy (Spencer Tracy), the still-unemployed Eddie notes John's attraction to Jessie and makes a shocking proposal to his wife.
      Director
      Frank Borzage
      Producer
      Joseph L. Mankiewicz
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 14, 1937, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 4, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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