Man's Castle (1933)

70 or 75 mins | Drama | 4 November 1933

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Pre-production news items in FD indicate that Anita Louise and Ralph Bellamy were considered for the leads, that Sally O'Neil and William Cagney were tested for roles, and that Helen MacKellar was also considered for a part. According to a modern source, filming started with MacKellar in the part of Flossie, but she was replaced by Marjorie Rambeau when she became ill. According to Fay Wray's autobiography, Spencer Tracy wanted her to play opposite him but she was unable to do the film because of other commitments. Additional news items noted that Dimitri Tiomkin, Henry Myers, Harry Akst and Edward Eliscu were asked to write music and songs for the film, and that Arthur Hohl replaced Minor Watson. According to a modern source, the song was titled "Surprises," however, the source credits only Akst and Eliscu as songwriters. According to DV, an action for plagiarism was taken against director Frank Borzage, M. C. Levee and Columbia by Harry Stoddard, who claimed that the stilt-walking sequence in the film was stolen from a story of his that he submitted to Borzage. The outcome of the action has not been determined. According to a modern source, working titles for this film were Hunk O'Blue and A Man's Castle. The assistant director was Lew Borzage and the art director was Steven Goosson . The cast included: Harvey Clark (Cafe manager), Henry Roquemore (Roue), Hector V. Sarno (Grocer), Helen Jerome Eddy (Mother), Robert Grey (Head waiter), Tony Merlo (Waiter), Kendall McComas (Slades) and Harry Watson (Captain of baseball team). ...

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Pre-production news items in FD indicate that Anita Louise and Ralph Bellamy were considered for the leads, that Sally O'Neil and William Cagney were tested for roles, and that Helen MacKellar was also considered for a part. According to a modern source, filming started with MacKellar in the part of Flossie, but she was replaced by Marjorie Rambeau when she became ill. According to Fay Wray's autobiography, Spencer Tracy wanted her to play opposite him but she was unable to do the film because of other commitments. Additional news items noted that Dimitri Tiomkin, Henry Myers, Harry Akst and Edward Eliscu were asked to write music and songs for the film, and that Arthur Hohl replaced Minor Watson. According to a modern source, the song was titled "Surprises," however, the source credits only Akst and Eliscu as songwriters. According to DV, an action for plagiarism was taken against director Frank Borzage, M. C. Levee and Columbia by Harry Stoddard, who claimed that the stilt-walking sequence in the film was stolen from a story of his that he submitted to Borzage. The outcome of the action has not been determined. According to a modern source, working titles for this film were Hunk O'Blue and A Man's Castle. The assistant director was Lew Borzage and the art director was Steven Goosson . The cast included: Harvey Clark (Cafe manager), Henry Roquemore (Roue), Hector V. Sarno (Grocer), Helen Jerome Eddy (Mother), Robert Grey (Head waiter), Tony Merlo (Waiter), Kendall McComas (Slades) and Harry Watson (Captain of baseball team).

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
HISTORY CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Oct 1933
p. 3
Daily Variety
30 Mar 1934
p. 15
Film Daily
28 May 1933
p. 3
Film Daily
29 May 1933
p. 5
Film Daily
29 Jun 1933
p. 1
Film Daily
5 Jul 1933
p. 3
Film Daily
7 Aug 1933
p. 2
Film Daily
19 Aug 1933
p. 3
Film Daily
28 Dec 1933
p. 18
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1933
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
14 Oct 1933
p. 46
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jan 1934
p. 30
New York Times
30 Dec 1933
p. 9
New York Times
14 Jan 1934
p. 5
Variety
6 Oct 1933
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Variety
2 Jan 1934
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Frank Borzage Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
Franke Harling
Mus
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Man's Castle by Lawrence Hazard (copyrighted 28 May 1932).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 November 1933
Production Date:
28 Jul--6 Sep 1933
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
18 November 1933
LP4248
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 75
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pretty, innocent young Trina looks so longingly at the popcorn Bill is feeding to the pigeons that he offers to take her to dinner. After she consumes an enormous meal in a fancy restaurant, Bill announces to the manager that he has no money and, pointing out that the restaurant throws away food every day, asks what harm there is in allowing them to eat for free. After Bill's speech, the manager throws them out. The pair then leaves together for a riverside shantytown where Bill lives. He doesn't want to be tied down, and even insists on sleeping under a hole in the roof so that he can always see the sky, but he allows Trina to live with him, temporarily. Trina takes care of Bill, not interfering too much with his independence, and ignoring his fling with a singer named Fay. One day, however, Trina learns that she is pregnant. Although the news is almost more than Bill can handle, he cares too much for Trina to leave her flat. After down-and-out preacher Ira performs their marriage ceremony, Bill, who wants money for Trina and her baby, reminds petty thief Bragg of his earlier suggestion to rob a toy store payroll. When the robbery fails, Bragg, who has designs on Trina, calls the police to arrest Bill, hoping to have her for himself when Bill is in jail. However, he doesn't count on the interference of Flossie, his drunken former girl friend, who warns Bill. By now, realizing that he loves Trina, Bill refuses to leave, even to save himself. Flossie suggests that the pair run away ...

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Pretty, innocent young Trina looks so longingly at the popcorn Bill is feeding to the pigeons that he offers to take her to dinner. After she consumes an enormous meal in a fancy restaurant, Bill announces to the manager that he has no money and, pointing out that the restaurant throws away food every day, asks what harm there is in allowing them to eat for free. After Bill's speech, the manager throws them out. The pair then leaves together for a riverside shantytown where Bill lives. He doesn't want to be tied down, and even insists on sleeping under a hole in the roof so that he can always see the sky, but he allows Trina to live with him, temporarily. Trina takes care of Bill, not interfering too much with his independence, and ignoring his fling with a singer named Fay. One day, however, Trina learns that she is pregnant. Although the news is almost more than Bill can handle, he cares too much for Trina to leave her flat. After down-and-out preacher Ira performs their marriage ceremony, Bill, who wants money for Trina and her baby, reminds petty thief Bragg of his earlier suggestion to rob a toy store payroll. When the robbery fails, Bragg, who has designs on Trina, calls the police to arrest Bill, hoping to have her for himself when Bill is in jail. However, he doesn't count on the interference of Flossie, his drunken former girl friend, who warns Bill. By now, realizing that he loves Trina, Bill refuses to leave, even to save himself. Flossie suggests that the pair run away together and then, to ensure that Bragg will do them no further harm, shoots him, then herself. Trina and Bill are now safely away, heading into the future in a railroad car.

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