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My second viewing on TCM-great film.There were fireworks on set,Raft and Robinson vying for Dietrich in real as well as reel life.Great supporting cast.Too bad it had to end the way it did.Robinson's character became too unlikeable!
Rowdy Warner's pic classed up by Dietrich
Typical 1940's Warner Bros. action melodrama with a great cast of players including Eve Arden as one of the clip joint dames. Dietrich was enjoying a resurgence in her career after being named "box office poison" in the late 30's. Here she's the tough girl with a heart of gold caught between Raft and Robinson. She still seems a little too classy for this predictable nonsense, but it's enjoyable nontheless.
Not a bad performance in the lot.The right guy supposedly wins in the end.Raft is a square guy,Eddie Robinson his best bud.Marlene a good girl with an unfortunate record.Didn't care for Eddie's ending as brawling with Raft under misconception,but Raft and Marlene meant for each other.Great film,greater performances.Kudos to Hale and McHugh as comic foils.Maybe Raft shoulda picked someone his own weight division to argue with over a girl on/offscreen.
Wonderful movie,well-worth watching again and again.Great support from top-notch character actors,great direction.Never thought much of Raft,but helps me reconsider the mindset.
- Victor Brown
If you saw the 1991 film Bugsy, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Benning, you should recall that one scene in Manpower was parodied in that film. In the scene where George Raft battles with the goons in the clip joint/nightclub, the woman who Raft was supposed to have handed a piece of a chair after he had bashed one of the goons with it, was supposed to have been played by Virginia Hill, the "moll" of real-life gangster Bugsy Siegal.
Manpower - High Tension Drama
- Bruce Reber
"Manpower" (Warner Bros. 1941) is a tough, solid story about two power company linemen falling for a sexy-sultry nightclub diva, starring two of WB's top male stars, Edward G. Robinson and George Raft, and Marlene Dietrich in only one of two films she made at WB. You can feel the electricity between these three great stars, and it's as intense as the power going through the high-tension wires they work on. One of EGR's best.
- James Higgins
Edward G. Robinson always puts in a 100% effort to every performance. He always lifts up a film. This is a routine story, made considerably better by the terrific cast. Eve Arden scores in an early supporting role, but Marlene Dietrich seems a little out of place. Great pace, good photography. A solid crime drama.
manpower best movie
need to show this movie on prime time