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Man of the World (1931)

A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

Directors:

Richard Wallace, Edward Goodman (uncredited)

Writers:

Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Powell ... Michael Trevor
Carole Lombard ... Mary Kendall
Wynne Gibson ... Irene Harper
Lawrence Gray ... Frank Reynolds
Guy Kibbee ... Harry Taylor
George Chandler ... Fred
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A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

28 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Senhor Mundano See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This was the first of three movies that Powell and Lombard made together. They met on the set and married the same year the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

At the "Paris" horse race, they wanted to show the horses running clockwise (the opposite direction of US horse racing), so the flipped they negative causing all the numbers on the horses to be reversed in the film. They managed to edit the race to not show the number clearly, that is until the end of the race. The number 5 is very clearly backwards in the close-up of the finish. See more »

Quotes

Irene Hoffa: What are you driving at?
Michael Trevor: Meaning?
Irene Hoffa: I wasn't born yesterday.
Michael Trevor: You have a gift for unnecessary remarks.
Irene Hoffa: Never mind my gift.
Michael Trevor: All right. We'll never mind all your gifts.
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They Were Better After The Divorce
8 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

About the only thing that this pre-Code drama is significant for is that William Powell and Carole Lombard met on the set of Man Of The World and were married shortly thereafter. They did another film while both were at Paramount, Ladies Man and then were divorced with Powell leaving Paramount for Warner Brothers and a short stint there. Neither of these films is anything close to that third film they did, My Man Godfrey.

Powell along with Wynne Gibson and George Chandler has a nice little racket going in Paris. A former reporter he prints a newspaper if you can call it that of gossip distributed among visiting Americans. But for a consideration he'll make sure the item never gets printed. We have a political blogger in my area who actually does the same thing, so this racket I know well.

But problems ensue when he actually falls for visiting American tourist Carole Lombard who is a niece of Guy Kibbee whom Powell has already put the bite on.

Bill Powell was at a crossroads in his career, during the silent era he mostly played villains, that clipped mustache of his was guarantor of those kind of parts. Here he is a rat, but a rat with a conscience. How that plays out you have to watch the film for.

Powell and Lombard are good, but Wynne Gibson as a woman who knows the score in life gets all the acting kudos in Man Of The World. She should have done a film called Women Of The World.

Man Of The World is not a classic like My Man Godfrey, but Powell and Lombard do have good chemistry. Of course they had better chemistry once they were divorced.


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