Hold Your Man (1933)

86 or 89 mins | Melodrama | 7 July 1933

Director:

Sam Wood

Cinematographer:

Harold Rosson

Editor:

Frank Sullivan

Production Designer:

Merrill Pye

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Black Orange Blossoms and He Was Her Man. A Mar 1933 FD news item announced that Anita Loos and John Emerson had written a screen story for a picture called Nora, which was to be directed by Sam Wood and star Gable and Harlow. It is not known for certain if Nora was a working title for this film. According to a FD production news item, Leila Bennett was cast in the film, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. ...

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The working titles of this film were Black Orange Blossoms and He Was Her Man. A Mar 1933 FD news item announced that Anita Loos and John Emerson had written a screen story for a picture called Nora, which was to be directed by Sam Wood and star Gable and Harlow. It is not known for certain if Nora was a working title for this film. According to a FD production news item, Leila Bennett was cast in the film, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
Personal note credit:
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
14 Apr 1933
p. 9
Film Daily
9 May 1933
p. 8
Film Daily
1 Jul 1933
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 1933
p. 3
International Photographer
1 May 1933
p. 24
International Photographer
1 Jun 1933
p. 25
Motion Picture Daily
24 Jun 1933
p. 2
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jul 1933
p. 42, 44
New York Times
1 Jul 1933
p. 16
Variety
4 Jul 1933
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Sam Wood Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
2d cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hold Your Man," words and music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Black Orange Blossoms
He Was Her Man
Nora
Release Date:
7 July 1933
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 Jun 1933
Production Date:
began mid Apr 1933
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Corp.
22 June 1933
LP3980
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86 or 89
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When his confidence game goes awry, Eddie Hall flees from two New York policemen and charges into the apartment of stranger Ruby Adams, who is in the bathroom taking a bubble bath. Terrified of being caught, Eddie convinces Ruby to cover for him and then, after jumping into her bathtub, pretends to be her soap-covered husband. Although she feigns indifference toward him, Ruby, a seasoned manipulator of men, is disappointed when the flirtatious Eddie slips away without saying goodbye. Determined to meet up with Eddie again, Ruby repeatedly drags Al Simpson, a sincere, adoring salesmen from Cincinnati, to a local nightclub whose name Eddie had dropped previously. When Eddie finally appears there, Ruby once again masks her interest with irritation and indifference, but eventually ends up at his apartment. During her visit, Eddie's confidence game cohort, Slim, and Gypsy Angikon, a one-time lover of Eddie's, burst into the apartment. After a brief fight with the drunken Gypsy, Ruby gives in to Eddie's seduction and spends the night with him. The next morning, Slim and a friend approach Eddie with a robbery scheme, and against the warnings of Ruby, Eddie agrees to drive the getaway car. Unknown to Eddie, however, the getaway car has been stolen, and he ends up with a ninety-day jail sentence for auto theft. When Eddie is released from prison, he returns to his apartment, which has been redecorated by Ruby, and with Slim's help, immediately plans another confidence scam. Although Ruby reluctantly goes along with her part in the "sucker" game, which involves luring Aubrey Mitchell, a well-to-do, married admirer, to Eddie's apartment, Eddie, who is to ...

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When his confidence game goes awry, Eddie Hall flees from two New York policemen and charges into the apartment of stranger Ruby Adams, who is in the bathroom taking a bubble bath. Terrified of being caught, Eddie convinces Ruby to cover for him and then, after jumping into her bathtub, pretends to be her soap-covered husband. Although she feigns indifference toward him, Ruby, a seasoned manipulator of men, is disappointed when the flirtatious Eddie slips away without saying goodbye. Determined to meet up with Eddie again, Ruby repeatedly drags Al Simpson, a sincere, adoring salesmen from Cincinnati, to a local nightclub whose name Eddie had dropped previously. When Eddie finally appears there, Ruby once again masks her interest with irritation and indifference, but eventually ends up at his apartment. During her visit, Eddie's confidence game cohort, Slim, and Gypsy Angikon, a one-time lover of Eddie's, burst into the apartment. After a brief fight with the drunken Gypsy, Ruby gives in to Eddie's seduction and spends the night with him. The next morning, Slim and a friend approach Eddie with a robbery scheme, and against the warnings of Ruby, Eddie agrees to drive the getaway car. Unknown to Eddie, however, the getaway car has been stolen, and he ends up with a ninety-day jail sentence for auto theft. When Eddie is released from prison, he returns to his apartment, which has been redecorated by Ruby, and with Slim's help, immediately plans another confidence scam. Although Ruby reluctantly goes along with her part in the "sucker" game, which involves luring Aubrey Mitchell, a well-to-do, married admirer, to Eddie's apartment, Eddie, who is to pose as Ruby's protective brother, suddenly becomes jealous and interrupts the set-up prematurely. Aubrey deduces the scam and threatens Eddie, who knocks him unconscious in the hallway. At last aware of his love for Ruby, Eddie proposes a visit to the marriage license bureau and leaves Slim in charge of Aubrey. While the couple is away, a neighbor discovers that Aubrey is dead, and the police are notified. Although Eddie escapes from the police, Ruby is identified by the neighbor and is arrested. Sentenced to two years in a woman's reformatory, Ruby discovers that one of her three roommates is Gypsy, whose jealous hatred immediately reignites. While she adjusts to reformatory life, Ruby realizes that she is pregnant but has no way of contacting the fugitive Eddie. Although the still devoted Al proposes to her while she is incarcerated, Ruby refuses him, even though marriage would guarantee her parole. Eventually, however, the recently released Gypsy, who has seen Eddie and now understands the sincerity of the couple's love, returns to the reformatory on visitors' day with Eddie in tow. Because he is a fugitive, Eddie is unable to speak directly to Ruby but must pose as another inmate's brother. Ruby and the other women's strained behavior attracts the attention of the reformatory matrons, who finally deduce Eddie's identity and contact the police. Before the police arrive, Ruby's friends conspire to bring Eddie and her together long enough to be married in the reformatory chapel by the minister father of a black inmate. After serving a prison term, the rehabilitated Eddie is greeted at Grand Central Station by both Ruby and their young son and learns that the three of them are moving to Cincinnati, where Al has set him up in a job.

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