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Mannequin (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 21 January 1938 (USA)
Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »


Frank Borzage


Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Katharine Brush (based on the story by)

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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Jessie Cassidy
Spencer Tracy ... John L. Hennessey
Alan Curtis ... Eddie Miller
Ralph Morgan ... Briggs
Mary Philips ... Beryl (as Mary Phillips)
Oscar O'Shea ... 'Pa' Cassidy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs.Cassidy (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Leo Gorcey ... Clifford


Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money into remarriage with Eddie. His plan goes awry at several points. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romance of a Shopgirl's Millions




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Release Date:

21 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$595,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial telecasts Monday 14 January 1957 in Philadelphia on WFIL (Channel 6) and Tuesday 15 January 1957 in Los Angeles on KTTV (Channel 11); in New Haven CT it first aired 18 February 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Chicago 27 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 2 April 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Phoenix 18 May 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 31 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), and in Amarillo 16 October 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19) ; it was finally seen in San Francisco 2 May 1960 on KGO (Channel 7) , and in New York City 3 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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Joan of the Slums
19 December 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In doing Mannequin, Joan Crawford was kind of poaching on the roles that Sylvia Sidney did, the girl from the slums who's looking to break out. She isn't half bad in it.

When you think about it her part her is a kinder gentler version of the role she did in The Women. A girl looking to step up in class. But in this she's not looking to steal someone's husband to do it. She's more used than the user in Mannequin.

She's from Hester Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, living at home with parents and a kid brother. She's got a good looking boyfriend though in Alan Curtis who's got less than meets the eye in character. They get married.

Soon she catches the eye of millionaire Spencer Tracy who comes from the same area, but who worked his way up to owning a fleet of freighters. Spence is smitten with her.

In a reverse of Indecent Proposal, Curtis is quite willing to play on Tracy's obvious interest in Joan, but she now recognizes Curtis for what he is.

This is definitely a Crawford picture. Tracy underplays it in his usual style and has some moments, but he's clearly in support of Crawford.

Alan Curtis's part is unusual. He still loves Crawford no matter what, but he's shallow and his own interests come first. If this were done at 20th Century Fox, Tyrone Power could easily have done this role. He did a kind of variation on it in Rose of Washington Square. Curtis is never shown as violent in any way and that in fact makes him all the more smarmy in his charm.

One of the best roles in the film comes from Leo Gorcey as Crawford's younger brother. He's a tough slum kid with a big mouth and you don't like him. But he actually is very shrewd in sizing up the shortcomings of those around him, like his father Oscar O'Shea and Curtis.

The title Mannequin comes from the fact that at one point Crawford works as model in a fashion show. Of course this put into the context of the story, giving Crawford the Adrian fashions to wear that she was known for.

Fans of Joan Crawford will be pleased with this.

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