Hold Your Man

Hold Your Man

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin

     
 

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There's nothing wrong with Hold Your Man that a little editing wouldn't cure. Clark Gable plays a raffish young petty crook who hides out in hard-boiled Jean Harlow's apartment after he pulls off a robbery. Harlow enjoys Gable's company, and soon the two are living together. Gable puts his criminal career on hold for a while, but when Harlow, jealous of her boySee more details below

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There's nothing wrong with Hold Your Man that a little editing wouldn't cure. Clark Gable plays a raffish young petty crook who hides out in hard-boiled Jean Harlow's apartment after he pulls off a robbery. Harlow enjoys Gable's company, and soon the two are living together. Gable puts his criminal career on hold for a while, but when Harlow, jealous of her boy friend's womanizing, fabricates a romance with "wealthy" laundry owner Paul Hurst, Gable decides to knock over Hurst's establishment. Hurst is accidentally killed, whereupon Gable runs off to parts unknown, leaving Harlow to take the rap. While in prison, Harlow discovers she's pregnant with Gable's baby. The conscience-stricken Gable tries to fix things by sneaking into prison and hastily marrying Harlow. By coming out of hiding, Gable allows himself to be arrested, but Harlow promises to wait for him. Hold Your Man starts out as an acerbic "sez you" comedy-drama, then bogs down into a big pile of sentimental goo (a common problem with MGM films of the early 1930). Still, the first few reels are infinitely entertaining, thanks to the chemistry between Clark Gable and Jean Harlow.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The first two-thirds of Hold Your Man is a snappy romantic comedy with a bit of an edge, and it's a shame that the powers that be at MGM couldn't have left good enough alone. Unfortunately, though this was made before the Production Code really had power, MGM decided to police itself and so the final third of the film becomes moralistic. There's nothing necessarily wrong with telling a moral story, but the filmmakers have to believe in it, and that's clearly not the case here. As a result, Man comes across rather schizoid, and the final third not only lacks punch and power, it dilutes the effectiveness of what came before it. Script problems -- and the by-the-numbers direction of Sam Wood -- aside, Man is an entertaining way to spend the time, primarily because of the unbeatable chemistry between stars Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. The two were a marvelous team, creating that indefinable "something" that is pure gold. Just watch the way her eyes will linger over him a fraction of a second too long, or his body language when the two are in the middle of sparring with each other. They're both good actors, but what they create is something that's beyond drama and technique.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0883316649657
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
36,758

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Harlow Ruby Adams
Clark Gable E. Huntington Hall (Eddie)
Stuart Erwin Al Simpson
Dorothy Burgess Gypsy
Muriel Kirkland Bertha Dillon
Garry Owen Slim
Barbara Barondess Sadie Kline
Paul Hurst Aubrey C. Mitchell
Elizabeth Patterson Miss Tuttle
Theresa Harris Lily Mae Crippen
George H. Reed Rev. Crippen
Ruby Adams Jean Harlow
George Pat Collins Phil Dunn
Guy Kibbee Actor
Inez Courtney Maizie
Blanche Frederici Mrs. Wagner
Helen Freeman Miss Davis
Louise Beavers Powder Room Maid
Jack Cheatham Cop
Addison Randall Dance Extra
Harry Semels Neighbor
Nora Cecil Miss Campbell
Eva McKenzie Cooking Teacher
Frank S. Hagney Cop

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Nacio Herb Brown Songwriter
Arthur Freed Score Composer,Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Bernard Hyman Producer
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Merrill Pye Art Director
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Emmett Rogers Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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