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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
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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Sure makes me appreciate modern technology.
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.Read more ›
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great service i like this movie marlene dietrich george raft edward g robinson great actor in an age gone by 30s and 40s in hollywood will never be duplicatedPublished 19 days ago by sampickett
I love these old movies. The special affects arent that great but the stories are very good.Published 7 months ago by William Powell
“Manpower” is a 1941 star-studded Warner Bros. drama featuring Edward G Robinson, George Raft, Marlene Dietrich, Alan Hale, Ward Bond, Frank McHugh, Barton MacLane, and Eve Arden. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. James Gardner
Great movie raft n Robinson were great in this movie holds your interestPublished 15 months ago by J. Feraco
The popping sound from a poor sound transcription drives me crazy. I read one review where a customer actually got in contact with whoever is responsible with WB videos with a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael
Probably my favorite Marlene Dietrich movie. And Edward G. Robinson is pretty good also.
Let's not forget George Raft, who actually had a "hook up" with Ms. Read more