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Man Trouble (1930)

A hard-boiled nightclub owner saves a beautiful young girl from drowning. He promptly falls in love with her, but she prefers a younger, more-genteel lover.

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Berthold Viertel

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Ben Ames Williams (story "A Very Practical Joke"), Marion Orth (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Milton Sills ... Mac
Dorothy Mackaill ... Joan
Kenneth MacKenna ... Graham
Sharon Lynn ... Trixie
Roscoe Karns ... Scott
Oscar Apfel ... Eddie
James Bradbury Jr. ... Goofy
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... Uncle Joe
Edythe Chapman ... Aunt Maggie
Lew Harvey Lew Harvey ... Chris
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A hard-boiled nightclub owner saves a beautiful young girl from drowning. He promptly falls in love with her, but she prefers a younger, more-genteel lover.

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Ben Ames Williams story of the girl who couldn't love the man who rescued her from herself-her hidden past! (Print ad- The saratogian,((Saratoga Springs, NY)) 29 August 1930) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il tormento di un uomo See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A Print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

Soundtracks

Pick Yourself Up, Brush Yourself Off
Words by Joseph McCarthy
Music by James F. Hanley
Copyright 1930 by Red Star Music Co., Inc.
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One of the great screen pairings you never hear about
17 March 2014 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Dorothy Mackail was pretty and spirited and projected tough-mindedness more than most of her contemporary leading ladies, and Milton Sills was sex on two legs. They made four movies together, and this one, screened at Cinefest in Syracuse in 2014, is about as hard-boiled and entertaining as an early talkie can be. Sills, a corrupt nightclub owner battling the mob, saves a despondent Mackail from throwing herself into the Hudson, then gives her a job as a singer at his nightclub (she does her own singing, not badly). What's surprising and undated about this melodrama is how morally complicated both characters are--Sills can be self-centered and violent and terrifying, but has a soft side that just about redeems him. Mackail is similarly multilayered playing a Stanwyck kind of good-bad girl, one who's seen too much of life but doesn't want to give up totally. Her other love interest, newspaperman Kenneth McKenna, at first seems like a reprobate--invited with Mackail up to a country Christmas, he has them pose as man and wife and shares a room with her--but proves to have solid values after all, a plot point I didn't entirely buy. Anyway, it's a fast and exciting early talkie, with good support from Roscoe Karns in one of his earliest wisecracking-newspaperman roles, and a terrific look at Sills, who's utterly at ease before the microphone, likable, and virile as all getout. He died three weeks after this was released, having a heart attack on his tennis court. A major loss.


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