Ladies' Man


1h 31m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Henry Haskell (Eddie Bracken), owner of a hard-scrabble farm near Badger, Oklahona, thwarted in love and through with women forever, strikes oil while digging for water and becomes a millionaire. He heads for New York, with $50,000 in his pocket, to fulfill his lifelong ambition of seeing Grant's Tomb and riding the subway. Fortune-huntress Gladys Hayden (Virginia Field) moves into rooms adjoining Henry's at his swank New York hotel. He joins a large crowd on the street and suddenly finds himself being interviewed by Jean Mitchell (Virginia Wells) on a "Streets of New York" broadcast. When Henry says he is the only millionaire from Badger, Oklahoma, Jean impulsively offers to introduce him to any listener who sends in a box-top of her sponsor's face powder. Henry invites Jean to dine at the Automat and a ride home on the subway and, since he borrows nickels from her for food and the subway, she doubts he is really a millionaire. She is unaware he couldn't get change for a $100 bill. On the subway, they encounter Spike Jones and His City Slickers and, learning they are out of work, Henry gives them each $100 bills. Millions of women, clamouring for dates with Henry, send in box-tops. Jean and her uncle dream up a radio program that promises some lucky Cinderella a date with Henry each night. Jean puts on an act that makes Henry, self-vowed woman-hater, think her job is in jeopardy and he goes along. And Gladys makes strides with Henry with her phoney southern accent. When Henry learns that he has been tricked into the radio scheme, he pretends to be bankrupt...

Film Details

Also Known As
Man in the Street, Manhattan at Midnight
Release Date
Feb 7, 1947
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Jan 1947
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Palmdale, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the radio series Manhattan at Midnight created by Jay Bennett (1940--1943).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,202ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

Henry Haskell, a farmer from Badger, Oklahoma, travels to Texas to visit his girl friend Caroline, and arrives just as she is marrying another man. Angered by Caroline's desertion, Henry throws his shoe at the groom and swears off women for the rest of his life. Henry then returns to Oklahoma and resumes his search for water under his land. No sooner does he start pumping his well than it explodes with a thundering gush of oil. The newspapers dub Henry the "new oil king," and he profits greatly from his discovery. Though the oil strike makes Henry a millionaire, he is unable to put Caroline out of his mind. Hoping to cure his lovesickness, Henry takes a trip to New York, and checks himself and his dog Chris into the Park Tower Hotel. When Gladys Hayden, a gold-digging hotel guest, overhears the desk clerk mention Henry's millions, she changes her room to be closer to Henry's. While walking in the city, Henry meets Jean Mitchell, the sophisticated host of the live radio show "Streets of New York." Jean interviews Henry, and he naïvely tells her that he is a millionaire, and that he has $50,000 to spend in the city. As a gag, Jean makes Henry the prize in a contest she thinks up on the spot, and tells her listeners that they can enter the contest by sending in box tops from Lady Eleanor Face Powder, her show's sponsor. Jean soon falls in love with Henry and his simple charm, but when Henry meets a group of unemployed men from Oklahoma and offers to support them until they get jobs, Jean leaves him. Meanwhile, at the offices of Lady Eleanor Face Powder, which is owned by Jean's uncle, David Harmon, women clamor to get into the contest and meet the Oklahoma millionaire. David is delighted with the success of Jean's contest, and though Jean insists that she was not serious about the offer, she nevertheless decides to go along with the contest. To get Henry to consent to being the contest prize, David calls him, and, posing as a representative from the Federal Communications Commission, tells him that Jean faces dismissal if she does not follow through on her radio show promise. David and Jean succeed in duping Henry into participating in the contest, after which Henry returns to the hotel. There, he is subjected to the romantic charms of Gladys, who is pretending to be a Southern belle to win his affections. The first winner in Jean's radio "Cinderella" contest is Geraldine Ryan, a rough-mannered young woman from the tenements. Jean, unable to bear the exploitation of Henry any longer, tells her uncle that the contest must end. When Jean confesses to Henry that she is a junior partner in David's company, Henry accuses her of deceiving him, and vows to leave town. David prevents Henry from leaving, however, by presenting him with an injunction holding him accountable to his contest contract. Jean considers the injunction an act of betrayal, and strikes David across the face. Later, Henry succeeds in breaking his contract by feigning bankruptcy, but the bankruptcy becomes a reality when his oil wells run dry. Although the news prompts Gladys to drop her pursuit of Henry, Jean proves that she is still in love with Henry by proposing marriage and offering to go to Oklahoma with him.

Cast

Eddie Bracken

Henry Haskell

Cass Daley

Geraldine Ryan

Virginia Welles

Jean Mitchell

Spike Jones

Johnny Coy

Johnny O'Connor

Virginia Field

Gladys Hayden

Lewis Russell

David Harmon

Georges Renevant

Mr. Jones

Roberta Jonay

Miss Miller, the phone operator

Gordon Richards

Mr. Bolton

Dorothy Babb

Dancer with Johnny

John Deauville

Eddie, Jean's assistant

John Goldsworthy

Mr. Waterbury, room clerk

George Carleton

Judge Clayton

Isabel Randolph

Mrs. Bolton

Walter Baldwin

Clem

James Flavin

Manager of automat

Eddie Johnson

Counterman at automat

Billy Lechner

Office boy

Al Ruiz

Bell captain

Paul Lees

Bellhop

James Farley

Farmer

Virginia Farmer

Tall woman at wedding

Rose Allen

Short woman at wedding

Polly Bailey

Farmer's wife

Jean Ruth

Caroline

Frederic Nay

Simpson

Gloria Williams

Matron of honor

Charles Mayon

Best man

Crane Whitley

Oil executive

Carol Andrews

Cashier in automat

Tom Dugan

Panhandler in automat

Mae Busch

Woman in automat

Ken Carpenter

Radio announcer

Bill Meader

Photographer

Billy Burt

Photographer

Dorothy Barrett

Photographer

Richard Keene

Photographer

Charles Coleman

Doorman

John Kelly

Cabby

Kenneth Patterson

Mr. Pritchett

Charles Cane

Mounted policeman

Elsa Nilsson

Girl at mike

Eileen Nilsson

Girl at mike

Dr. Kwong Fong

Chinese man

Luke Chan

Chinese man

Frances Raymond

Chambermaid

Mike Zawisza

Program director

Mary Jane Hodge

Phone operator

Ruth Cherrington

Dowager

Ralph Peters

Policeman

Jack Clifford

Policeman

Harlan Briggs

Mr. Ryan

Buz Buckley

Boy in tenement

Mickey Mcguire

Boy in tenement

Freddie Chapman

Boy in tenement

Rolla Stewart

Girl in tenement

Minerva Urecal

Mrs. Ryan

Pierre Barale

Waiter

Don Avalier

Headwaiter

Beverly Thompson

Hat check girl

Renee Randall

Hat check girl

Eileen Dixon

Cigarette girl

Eddie Kane

Producer

Wilbur Mack

Producer's friend

Jamiel Hasson

Maharajah

Margaret Field

Girl at cocktail table

Jerry James

Boy at cocktail table

Len Hendry

Hotel porter

Ben Erway

Jewelry clerk

Jack Law

Master of ceremonies

Carl Grayson

Band member

Richard "dick" Morgan

Band member

George Rock

Band member

Gilbert "giggie" Royse

Band member

Ernest Ingle

Band member

Rafael Hernandez

Rhumba quartette member

Film Details

Also Known As
Man in the Street, Manhattan at Midnight
Release Date
Feb 7, 1947
Premiere Information
New York opening: 11 Jan 1947
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Palmdale, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the radio series Manhattan at Midnight created by Jay Bennett (1940--1943).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,202ft (10 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

The cameo by Mae Busch in the Automat marked her last screen appearance. This was not released until over a year after her death.

Notes

The working titles of this film were Man in the Street and Manhattan at Midnight. This film was based on the radio series Manhattan at Midnight written by Jay Bennett, which starred Alan Reed, Ted De Corsia and Jeanette Nolan. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, farm scenes were shot on location in Palmdale, CA.