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Man of Iron (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 21 December 1935 (USA)
Steel mill foreman Chris Bennett (Barton MacLane) is well-liked by his men. His rapport with them leads to his promotion to general manager, and then vice-president, over Ed Tanahill (John ... See full synopsis »

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William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

William Wister Haines (screen play), Dawn Powell (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... Chris Bennett
Mary Astor ... Vida
John Eldredge ... Ed Tanahill
Dorothy Peterson ... Bessie Bennett
Joseph Crehan ... Tom Martin
Craig Reynolds ... Mr. Harry Adams
Joe Sawyer ... Crawford (as Joseph Sawyer)
Joe King ... Harrison Balding (as Joseph King)
John Qualen ... Collins - a Factory Worker
Bill Elliott ... Charlie Fagan (as Gordon Elliott)
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Mrs. Balding
Edward Keane ... Mortgage Man
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Storyline

Steel mill foreman Chris Bennett (Barton MacLane) is well-liked by his men. His rapport with them leads to his promotion to general manager, and then vice-president, over Ed Tanahill (John Eldredge), cousin of Harrison Balding (Joseph King), the mill's owner.

Bitter about being passed over, Tanahill and his secretary, Vida (Mary Astor), plot to keep Chris from interacting directly with the workers. With Tanahill's encouragement, Chris spends his time golfing and monitoring progress on the construction of his expensive new house. His old friends in the mill feel abandoned. Only Tom Martin (Joseph Crehan) is sure that Chris is still on their side.

Chris's wife Bessie Bessie (Dorothy Peterson) is also unhappy about the change in their life. She misses her old friends and begs Chris to return to his former job. When Balding takes a vacation, leaving Chris in charge, things completely fall apart at the mill. The men are angry that they must work overtime for no extra money to repair a ...

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A man of muscle who went soft when his job got the best of him! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delírio de Grandeza See more »

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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

The following actors are listed in studio records as appearing in this film, "Man of Iron (1936)" but were not seen in the print: George Reed (as Waiter), Budd Fine, Eddie Shubert, Gordon Carveth, Dick Bitgood, Sam Appel, George Magull, and Bert Lindley. George Magull may have been a misspelled George Magrill. See more »

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Spoofed in Man of Tin (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

My Wild Irish Rose
(1899) (uncredited)
Written by Chauncey Olcott
Sung by Barton MacLane in a shower, twice, men at the country club
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Mediocre script, but Barton McLane makes it worthwhile
3 May 2013 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This script is pretty much paint by numbers - foreman Chris Bennett(Barton McLane) gets promoted from blue collar foreman to vice president, his head swells to the size of his salary, and his tastes in expensive things swell beyond the size of even that. Meanwhile, a slimy little weasel who thinks the vice-presidency should have been his plays Iago to McLane's Othello, giving him bad advice and deliberately causing miscommunication at every turn. Bennett doesn't make things any better by being distracted by building a huge estate for himself and thus not keeping his eye on the ball when it comes to work. Dorothy Peterson plays Bennett's loving, loyal, and level-headed wife Bessie, and Joseph Crehan plays the boss who gave Chris his big chance. Mary Astor is completely under-utilized and hardly figures into the plot at all.

This is a nice time passer, neither good nor bad and thus hard to review. It's one of the few films I've watched that is almost exactly a five out of ten - no more no less. It was probably made as a second feature which is something that became extinct after the proliferation of television, just as manufacturing plants operating in the United States such as the one described in this film have become virtually extinct. Watch it for the performances. Barton McLane is the biggest name in the film and he does a first rate job as always of playing tough bull-in-a-china-shop fellows such as this.


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