Man-Proof (1938)

71 or 74 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 January 1938

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Producer:

Louis D. Lighton

Cinematographer:

Karl Freund

Editor:

George Boemler

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was The Four Marys . Some reviews list a preview running time of 78 or 80 min. According to a news item in FD , Melvyn Douglas was scheduled to play the role that was taken over by Walter ... More Less

The working title of the film was The Four Marys . Some reviews list a preview running time of 78 or 80 min. According to a news item in FD , Melvyn Douglas was scheduled to play the role that was taken over by Walter Pidgeon. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Dec 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Jul 37
p. 8.
Film Daily
11 Jan 38
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 37
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 37
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Dec 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Dec 37
pp. 50-51.
New York Times
14 Jan 38
p. 21.
Variety
15 Dec 37
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Mont eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Four Marys by Fanny Heaslip Lea (New York, 1937).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Four Marys
Release Date:
7 January 1938
Production Date:
8 September--mid October 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 December 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7671
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71 or 74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3899
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Mimi Swift, the daughter of popular romance novelist Meg Swift, is in love with playboy Alan Wythe. Although Meg's friend, newspaper artist Jimmy Kilmartin, tries to warn Mimi that Alan is only after money and good times, Mimi is still shaken when she receives a telegram inviting her to be a bridesmaid at his wedding to heiress Elizabeth Kent. Mimi attends the wedding, feigning happiness for the couple, but gets drunk and secretly tells Alan that soon she will go after him again. That night, Jimmy finds Mimi in a bar and tells her to do something with her life. Her mother concurs and helps her get an apartment and a job as an illustrator on Jimmy's paper. Several months later, Mimi is content with her job and has earned Jimmy's respect. When Alan and Elizabeth return from their honeymoon, Mimi claims to be over him and asks him to be her friend. The idea of a friendship with a woman intrigues Alan and he invites her to a boxing match a few days later. Their good time is observed, however, by a worried Meg and Jimmy, who are also at the fight, and the next day she confesses to them that she still loves Alan. She also calls Elizabeth and tells her that she and Alan are in love, but have done nothing wrong. That evening, Elizabeth encourages Alan to go out alone and he goes to Mimi's apartment. Elizabeth arrives soon after and tells Mimi that Alan is too selfish to love anyone, but is comfortable with her understanding and money. When she leaves, Alan tells ... +


Mimi Swift, the daughter of popular romance novelist Meg Swift, is in love with playboy Alan Wythe. Although Meg's friend, newspaper artist Jimmy Kilmartin, tries to warn Mimi that Alan is only after money and good times, Mimi is still shaken when she receives a telegram inviting her to be a bridesmaid at his wedding to heiress Elizabeth Kent. Mimi attends the wedding, feigning happiness for the couple, but gets drunk and secretly tells Alan that soon she will go after him again. That night, Jimmy finds Mimi in a bar and tells her to do something with her life. Her mother concurs and helps her get an apartment and a job as an illustrator on Jimmy's paper. Several months later, Mimi is content with her job and has earned Jimmy's respect. When Alan and Elizabeth return from their honeymoon, Mimi claims to be over him and asks him to be her friend. The idea of a friendship with a woman intrigues Alan and he invites her to a boxing match a few days later. Their good time is observed, however, by a worried Meg and Jimmy, who are also at the fight, and the next day she confesses to them that she still loves Alan. She also calls Elizabeth and tells her that she and Alan are in love, but have done nothing wrong. That evening, Elizabeth encourages Alan to go out alone and he goes to Mimi's apartment. Elizabeth arrives soon after and tells Mimi that Alan is too selfish to love anyone, but is comfortable with her understanding and money. When she leaves, Alan tells Mimi that Elizabeth is right and goes back to her. Hurt, Mimi goes to Jimmy and they take a ride to Meg's house on Long Island after resolving to be friends and not fight any longer. When they tell Meg about their new friendship, however, Meg tells them that they have been in love all along. After denials, they kiss and realize that Meg was right after all, ending a beautiful friendship. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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