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Man of the People (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 29 January 1937 (USA)
Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Frank Dolan (original story), Frank Dolan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Calleia ... Jack Moreno
Florence Rice ... Abbey Reid
Thomas Mitchell ... William J. Grady
Ted Healy ... Joe 'The Glut' Dwyer
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Hattie Reid (as Catharine Doucet)
Paul Stanton ... District Attorney Joel Stringer
Jonathan Hale ... Carter Spetner
Robert Emmett Keane ... Prosecutor Joseph B. Murphy
Jane Barnes ... Marie Rossetti
William Ricciardi ... 'Pop' Rossetti
Noel Madison ... 'Dopey' Benny
Soledad Jiménez ... Mrs. Rossetti (as Soledad Jiminez)
Edward J. Nugent ... Edward Spetner (as Edward Nugent)
Donald Briggs ... Baldwin
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Storyline

Jack Moreno is an attorney with an office in the neighborhood he grew up in. All he wants is to help his friends and neighbors. But he has to do business with the mob in order to make a living.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Victor See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM production number 979. See more »

Goofs

On the card Jack finds on the bag of booze outside his door, it states Grady's "Chowder & Social Club" is in the 72nd assembly district. But, on the door to the club it states the 76th assembly district. See more »

Soundtracks

Jolly Robbers Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played during the eating contest
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Perfectly fine, slightly above average second feature
12 October 2005 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Man of the People is an odd feature that starts out looking like it's going to be a story about a man battling against machine politics, and then turns into a picture about a crusading attorney. The always fine Joseph Calleia stars as Joe Moreno, an Italian-American lawyer struggling to get by until a local political boss (the estimable Thomas Mitchell) takes him under his wing in exchange for defending one of his corrupt cronies. After winning the case after a remarkable courtroom sequence involving gefilte fish, Moreno has had his fill of being an organization man and tenders his resignation. He then proceeds to join up with an independently minded DA (an uncredited Frank Reicher) to take on a confidence scheme involving a gold detecting machine. Though the end result is a somewhat disjointed film, it's never less than watchable, and Calleia delivers an excellent, subtle performance.


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