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The Working Man (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 1933 (USA)
Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it ... See full summary »

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screen play), Maude T. Howell (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... John Reeves / John Walton
Bette Davis ... Jenny Hartland / Jane Grey
Theodore Newton ... Tommy Hartland
Hardie Albright ... Benjamin Burnett
Gordon Westcott ... Fred Pettison
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Henry Davis
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... Mr. Haslitt (as Charles Evans)
Frederick Burton ... Judge Larson
Pat Wing ... Reeves' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ... Mr. Briggs
Claire McDowell ... Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ... Mrs. Price
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Storyline

Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it up on their dead father's money. He doesn't tell them who he is and gets placed as their trustee. He uses the chance to reorganize their shoe company, becoming a rival to his own nephew. The ne'er-do-wells settle down and become involved in the business. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adopted Father See more »

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Budget:

$193,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second of two films pairing George Arliss and Bette Davis, the first being The Man Who Played God (1932). See more »

Goofs

When Reeves is going over the books with Jenny and Tommy, a column of figures is shown, depicting the firm's losses, and the total shown is $208,000. The actual sum should be $200,000. See more »

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Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924) See more »

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And So I Married the Girl
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Learning from George Arliss
6 August 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

New York shoe tycoon George Arliss (as John Reeves) clashes with nephew Hardie Albright (as Benjamin Burnett) over managing the family business. To show how the company will do without him, Mr. Arliss goes off on an extended vacation. While fishing, Arliss meets young swimmers Bette Davis and Theodore Newton (as Jenny and Tommy Hartland), inheritors of his deceased rival's shoe company. Arliss is immediately taken with Ms. Davis and Mr. Newton; he once courted their mother, also now deceased...

But the young duo party while manager Gordon Westcott (as Fred Pettison) runs their business into the ground...

Arliss decides to teach all the youngsters a lesson by assuming the identity of "John Walton" and taking over the rival shoe company. With a typically masterful performance, Arliss makes this lightweight story work beautifully. The younger players glow in his presence; this was acknowledged by Davis, who would eventually possess a similar magical screen presence. Arliss and director John G. Adolfi obviously work very well together, and with the cast. An Arliss picture had to be great experience for the actor.

******** The Working Man (4/20/33) John G. Adolfi ~ George Arliss, Bette Davis, Theodore Newton, Hardie Albright


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