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When a Man's a Man -- 1935 


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Movies: Wright's Greatest Sorrow

Click here to read the story:

  • How and why Wright got into the movie business

  • Which movies were actually based on his stories

  • Which were based on stories he had never even seen and quickly despised.

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1935,  60 minutes, Lesser-Zanft/FOX, black and white, mono

Reviews: Two critics agree this is a very low quality movie.  The Variety critic says, "Harold Bell Wright name and the star, George O'Brian who has a following, is about all this western has to recommend it anywhere.  Since Wright wrote the story his plot has been worked to death and in bringing it to the screen again the producers have made no effort to freshen it up."  The Motion Picture Guide called it, "A predictable, overused story . . . ."  

The New York Times critic tells us nothing about the story or the quality of the movie, simply reporting that Westerns like this provide a welcome diversion from the hectic life of New York.

The Variety critic gives us a pretty good idea of the plot:  "O'Brian does the easterner who goes broke and wanders out into the West under circumstances that are rather fanciful.  When he goes to work on a ranch and cherishes an ambition to ride a champion bucking bronk, story is no less fictional in its plot.  Same old designing rancher trying to force a neighbor to sell his place for pennies because latter can't get water.  O'Brian slithers into the picture as a mugg who saves the day for the beleaguered rancher, at the same time winning his daughter.
     Story attempts to inject menace in building up scenes of action but for the most part every effort in that direction falls somewhat flat and the final reel upsets all rules of logic.  Scenario threatens flying lead and dynamiting of a well, with hero and heroine in danger, but suddenly turns around with all sides going pansy.  The rancher heavy lays down his rifle, the hero starts to take his leave peacefully and his ranch foreman consoles the girl who had passed out.
     Everybody has forgotten about the quarrel between the two ranchers, the cattle are getting theirs through a well figured out by O'Brian, which draws water underneath the ground from the other side of the fence, and the local ranch lothario hands the girl over to O'Brian.  Even the kids will give most of the picture a laugh.  It's that commonplace and juvenile."

Release:  20th Century Fox/Atherton Productions

Production: Sol Lesser-John Zanft

Director:  Edward F. Cline

Writing/Screenplay: From Harold Bell Wright's novel by same name.  Adaption and screenplay by Agnes Christine Johnston and Frank M. Dazey.

Characters Actors
Larry Knight George O'Brian
Kitty Baldwin Dorothy Wilson
Phil Acton Paul Kelly
Nick Cambert Harry Woods
Newsboy Jimmy Butler
Dean Baldwin Richard Carlisle
Garby Clarence Wilson
Gibbs Edgar Norton

Availability: This movie is usually available from Movies Unlimited, 3015 Darnell Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. 1-800-668-4344 www.moviesunlimited.com. In 2005 I bought a copy from VCI Home Video (Item # 1857) phone: 918-622-6460 or 800-331-4077.  Also Dave Hadsell says "In August of 2003 I purchased a copy of When A Man's A Man (1935) from BostonPete.com The code number was VCI-1857."

 


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