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Manpower (1941)

Edward G. Robinson , Marlene Dietrich , Raoul Walsh  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, George Raft, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A02O42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Iconic screen tough guys Edward G. Robinson and George Raft square off for hard-hitting drama, portraying utility company workers tough enough to defy death and each other while working power lines more treacherous than snakes. It will take some kind of woman to stand up to that much manpower. Luckily, screen goddess Marlene Dietrich is just that kind of woman. She plays an ex-con and nightclub floozy who marries one of the men - but falls hard for the other. With three great stars and plenty of breathtaking high-tower action under the taut, muscular direction of Raoul Walsh (White Heat, High Sierra), Manpower is "a cinematic depth charge" (Bosley Crowther, The New York Times).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "MANPOWER" (1941) (103 min/B&W) -- Starring Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, George Raft, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh & Eve Arden

Directed by Raoul Walsh

What a cast! - A stormy atmosphere sets the mood for this story of competition, lust and love. Edward G. Robinson and George Raft work on a road crew for the power company. When they aren't trying to repair downed lines, they are vying for the attention of Marlene Dietrich.

Robinson and Raft are congenially cast, but Dietrich is a long-shot as the prostitute turned housewife. "How's this dame stacked up?", Robinson asks of Raft, before he is introduced to her. Raft, waveringly: "Oh, just a dame ...". Well, she photographs like a goddess, and reeks with glamor, which she gives us in small doses.

Robinson and Raft at their best with a strong supporting cast with great direction from Raoul Walsh.

It seems though just about every film Warner's made back then had either Alan Hale or Frank McHugh in it, in this case both. They're always entertaining. Add to that Eve Arden in her usual role as the wisecracking best friend of the heroine. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

1. Raoul Walsh [Director]
Date of Birth: 11 March 1887 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 31 December 1980 - Simi Valley, California

2. Edward G. Robinson [aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg]
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, Californi

3. Marlene Dietrich [aka: Marie Magdalene Dietrich]
Date of Birth: 27 December 1901 - Berlin-Schoneberg, Germany
Date of Death: 6 May 1992 - Paris, France

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manpower February 1, 2012
By Brian
Hank McHenry(Edward G Robinson)and Johnny Marshall(George Raft)are power linemen and the best of friends.
Hank, on a job steps on a live wire and is almost killed,but Johnny saves his life.
Pop(Egon Brecher) an elderly worker for the company,asks Johnny to go along with him to a womens prison where his daughter,Fay(Marlene Dietrich)is getting out.Fay has little respect for her father because he left her and her mother years before.Pop wants to make up with Fay,but she wants nothing to do with her dad.Johnny is disgusted with her for the little respect she has for her father.
After another accident Pop is killed and Hank,now foreman of the group,meets Fay and falls for her,but Fay loves Johnny.When Johnny wants nothing to do with Fay,for spite,she marries Hank.Trouble soon starts between Johnny and Hank.
Humphrey Bogart was the first pick to play Hank.
My Favorite George Raft and Edward G Robinso Film.Also in cast,Eve Arden(Great as a wisecracking worker in a clip joint),Alan Hale and Frank McHugh as comedy relief,Ward Bond,Barton MacLane,etc
Classic Film.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HOW IT WAS BEFORE ... October 22, 2012
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MANPOWER (released 1942) (reviewed 2012)

Classic film enthusiasts face a dilemma when trying to evaluate a Hollywood product from the 1930s and `40s by what we solemnly call "today's standards."

Sure, George Raft, Marlene Dietrich and Edward G. Robinson are showcased in the flick. And yes, they were icons in their day. But was the movie any good?

Manpower, released in 1942, was a product of its time. It concerns a love triangle set against a backdrop of hard-nosed men dedicated to repairing downed or damaged power lines.

Except for those leaping and sparking power lines, the plot has been done about 12 thousand times in novels and films. So don't look for originality in Manpower.

What you get is a well-restored black-and-white DVD very much in the style of the day. Every guy over 14 during that period wanted to look and act like George Raft. Every girl spent hours with a hand mirror and eyebrow-tweezers trying to bring out her latent Marlene Dietrich.

On set, according to historians of kitsch, there was plenty going on as well. Raft and Eddie G. became rivals for Marlene's affections (at least they took the plot seriously) and on two occasions broke into fistfights. Real ones, without benefit of stunt men.

Edward G. Robinson, an art collector and learned man away from the set, never quite forgave Raft. In Robinson's autobiography he commented on his co-star's boorish behavior and the fact that Raft, some years later, had told him: "No hard feelings, Eddie. Things happen. All is forgiven."

Commented Robinson, "How generous of him. He nails me with a sucker punch on set - not once but twice - and then he forgives me. I'd just as soon he didn't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
Is great movie for Lineman to see what it was like back in the day
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Warner drama; fair quality print February 25, 2014
By Brian
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Raoul Walsh's 'Manpower' (Warner Bros., 1941) offers up a great pairing of Edward G. Robinson and George Raft, throwing in Marlene Dietrich and a host of the golden era's finest character players for the price. There's romance, melodrama, hokey comedy, high-(electric) wire action and plenty of boozing and brawling from start to finish-- a classic-film lover's delight. The slight disappointment comes with this Warner Archive Collection DVD-R, the source print for which features a fair quality print with good contrast and only moderate age-related damage, but an audio track that needs some work as sound levels creep up and down throughout and a random clicking noise runs for several minutes a little past the hour mark. Still, a real period gem. Movie rates just shy of 4 stars; presentation 3ish.
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