Man I Love

The Man I Love

Director: John Maxwell, Raoul Walsh, Ida Lupino, Robert Alda

Cast: John Maxwell, Raoul Walsh, Ida Lupino, Robert Alda

     
 

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Ida "Don't mess with me" Lupino takes a job as a singer in Robert Alda's seedy Santa Monica nitery. Lupino ignores Alda's advances to cultivate a romance with pianist Bruce Bennett. Alda uses his connections with the Mob to break up the relationship--and also, hopefully, to break up Bennett into little pieces. Logic is not the film's strong

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Ida "Don't mess with me" Lupino takes a job as a singer in Robert Alda's seedy Santa Monica nitery. Lupino ignores Alda's advances to cultivate a romance with pianist Bruce Bennett. Alda uses his connections with the Mob to break up the relationship--and also, hopefully, to break up Bennett into little pieces. Logic is not the film's strong suit, but it scores on atmosphere and tension. Man I Love served as the inspiration for Martin Scorcese's much-later New York, New York.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it has been cited as an inspiration for Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, The Man I Love has little in common with the latter film save for a basic situation involving a romance between musicians. Man is hardly a great film, but it's an enjoyable, if essentially sappy, little melodrama. The story is a Mulligan's stew with a little bit of this and a bit of that thrown in. There's plenty of music (including some nice "switch-singing" by Peg La Centra, standing in for Ida Lupino), lots of family troubles, a tough heroine who's really vulnerable when you dig far enough down, smoke-filled rooms, and a number of underworld types. It doesn't really add up to a satisfying whole, but Lupino's galvanizing central performance holds the film together. Whether hiding misty eyes or standing foursquare against the world, Lupino demands the viewer's attention and gives back plenty in return. Robert Alda is a bit weak, but Bruce Bennett has some good moments. The direction is uneven, and too prone to indulging the excesses of the screenplay, but it's generally okay, and there's an undeniable appeal to a lot of the nightclub scenes. Man has its flaws, but as long as Lupino is around, they don't matter too much.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
UPC:
0883316173374
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
30,112

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ida Lupino Petey Brown
Robert Alda Nicky Toresca
Andrea King Sally Otis
Martha Vickers Virginia Brown
Bruce Bennett Sam Thomas
John Ridgely Roy Otis
Don McGuire Johnny O'Connor
Warren Douglas Joe Brown
Craig Stevens Bandleader
William Edmunds Tony Toresca
James Dobbs Jimmy
Patrick Griffin Buddy Otis
Peg La Centra Lupino [singing]
Jack Wise Waiter
Janet Barrett Cashier
Dolores Moran Gloria O'Connor
Tony Romano Singer at Bamboo Club
Florence Bates Mrs. Thorpe
Monte Blue Cop
Barbara Brown Barbara
Eddie Bruce Second drunk
Jack Daley Flynn, the Bartender
Frank Ferguson Army doctor
Jack Mower Desk sergeant
Tom Quinn Drunk
Robin Raymond Lee, the Waitress
John Vosper Gloria's boyfriend
Ben Welden Jack Atlas
Alan Hale Riley

Technical Credits
John Maxwell Director
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Barndollar Special Effects
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Jerome Kern Score Composer
Owen Marks Editor
Jo Pagano Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Turney Screenwriter
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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