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Mr. Ace

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When Congresswoman Margaret Chase decides to run for Governor, she learns that all's fair in politics as she unleashes the vengeful wrath of her divorce-seeking husband, is threatened with blackmail, and winds up falling in love with Mr. Ace, the head of a political machine known as the "Tomahawk Club."

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  • Actors: Geogre Raft, Sylvia Sidney, Jerome Cowan, Stanley Ridges, Sara Haden
  • Directors: Edwin L. Marin
  • Writers: Fred F. Finklehoffe
  • Producers: Benedict E. Bogeaus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MR. FAT-W VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0099VUSIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. Wagner on July 22, 2011
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So, a born rich lady congressman decides to run for governor, not run for governor, and run for governor, meanwhile ditching her wealthy husband for reasons of philandering or frigidity. (It was unclear to me.)
George Raft is well-dressed, and I am not sure what made him a gangster. He made most modern lobbyist look like Satan by contrast.
Compared to modern politicians Margaret Chase is practically a populist. How she thought, without a party behind her, she could be more than a shrill noise in the state house is beyond me.
But, once again, the DVD does not last too long and the viewing is somewhat educational, something like the 10,001 best books you are supposed to have read before you die.
The Sound and picture quality were excellent on this DVD.
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Congresswoman Margaret Chase (Sylvia Sidney) is rich and beautiful and used to getting what she wants with few undue delays. Eddie Ace (George Raft), Mr. Ace to the likes of us, is the cool and soft-spoken leader of the Tomahawk Club. Here in Everystate, U.S.A., one does not become governor without going through the Tomahawk Club. Not if they want to be elected, that is. Mrs. Chase wants to be governor.

MR. ACE was released in 1946, just a year after World War Two ended, and it offers solid evidence that the Greatest Generation had indeed discovered cynicism. Essentially MR. ACE is a morality play with Practicality pitted against Idealism, machine politics versus populism. It may play somewhat slow and flat if you?re not a political junkie with historical curiosity, and it?ll play a bit too straight if you?re expecting a twisted little film noir. Without giving anything away, I?ll also argue that the MR. ACE deceives itself in the end. Although the drift in this movie is away from the corrupt practices of Mr. Ace and the Tomahawk Club towards the ideal political environment embodied by Mrs. Chase?s mentor Professor Joshua Adams (Roman Bohnen), Idealism doesn?t really triumph in the end. Something like love does, and the audience has to attribute it more to Sidney?s high-cheeked beauty than Mr. Ace?s discovery of a higher moral code.

The leads here are competent, if not necessarily memorable. My ancient copy of Film Companion says Ms. Sidney star rose in the depression-era 1930s, when she was almost invariably cast as the downtrodden girl of the working class. There?s little vulnerability in her role here. In any event, Sidney?s discontent with being typecast led to her working more on stage and less on screen in the 40s. Tough guy?
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George Raft plays Eddie Ace, head of the state's Tomahawk Club. Ace is a behind-the-scenes political fixer, a man who can deliver votes. Nowadays he'd be seen as a cross between a machine boss, a lobbyist and a political consultant, but without the body odor of the last two.

Sylvia Sidney plays Margaret Wyndham Chase, a glamorous, spoiled society dame with three names. Chase is a wealthy, ambitious Congresswoman with ice water in her veins who now intends to be elected governor. "I know what I want and I'm going to get it," she says. We believe her.

When Margaret Wyndham Chase meets Mr. Ace in this political romance, the sparks will fly, the tears will flow and a woman will learn her place even if she makes it to the governor's mansion. Chase wants Ace's support for her campaign to win the party's nomination. She knows he's essential because he can mobilize his machine to deliver the convention votes she needs. She has manipulated her husband in their loveless marriage, cozied up to newspaper publishers and fat cats and, being a beautiful woman, has never hesitated to use her charm to win over men with power. She thinks Ace will not be a problem. She's wrong.

"Well, are you going to support my nomination?" she asks him after a cozy dinner, dancing at a posh nightclub and an evening at her country home.
"No," Ace says.
"You're not? Why?"
"Because beautiful women don't belong in politics," Ace tells her.
"Where do they belong?"
"Where do you think?"

I'm probably one of the few people around who enjoys Mr. Ace. The movie was made when Raft's career was on the downslide. He was no actor, which he proved in all of his movies, including this one.
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I love George RAft ; good movie.
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Raft, in my opinion, plays the same person over and over with few exceptions. This film is not one of the exceptions.
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