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Man's Castle (1933)

Man's Castle





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This Depression-era romantic drama, which offers a surprisingly potent and unsentimental view of the economic hardships of the time, stars Spencer Tracy as Bill, a rough-hewn laborer struggling to get by and sleeping in a Hooverville shack. Bill meets Trina (Loretta Young), a sad and desperate young woman with no prospects and nowhere to go; her plight touches his heart of stone, and he allows her to stay with him. Bill picks up work where and when he can, while Trina tries to turn their hovel into a home. Bill soon makes the acquaintance of Fay LaRue (Glenda Farrell), a brassy showgirl whose career is on the way up and wouldn't mind if Bill tagged along. But Bill learns that leaving Trina behind won't be as simple as he thought. Trina is pregnant with his child, so he ends up planning a dangerous robbery in hopes of raising enough money to provide a proper home for Trina and the baby. Dealing with tough material in an adult manner, A Man's Castle was considered quite daring in its day. A year after its release, Hollywood adopted the Production Code that prohibited the depiction of unwed cohabitation and premarital pregnancy (among many other things), which would have made this a very different film.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Swerling
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Columbia Pictures


Glenda Farrell
as Fay La Rue
Dickie Moore
as Joie the Crippled Bo...
Harvey Clark
as Cafe Manager
Henry Roquemore
as Man in Audience
Helen Jerome Eddy
as Mother (uncredited)
Robert Grey
as Head Waiter (uncredi...
Tony Merlo
as Waiter (uncredited)
Kendall McComas
as Slades (uncredited)
Harry Watson
as Baseball Team Captai...
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Critic Reviews for Man's Castle

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 3, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Haunting, magical romance set in the Depression.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Frank Borzage's vision of lower depths and heightened feelings

Full Review… | November 16, 2010

Harsh-spirited, episodic, and in a rage over the ghastly injustices of economic privation.

Full Review… | July 18, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Man's Castle

a really interesting depression era film in which spencer tracy plays a 'bindle-stiff' or hobo. loretta young falls for him but he finds it hard to settle down.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" starts with Bill(Spencer Tracy), dapper in a tuxedo, feeding pigeons in Central Park next to Trina(Loretta Young) who has not eaten in two days, so he does the sensible thing and suggests a restaurant. At the end of the meal, he announces that contrary to appearances he does not have any money and somehow bluffs their way out of there without being arrested.(The tuxedo is for one of the odd jobs he is constantly working.) In reality, he lives in a shantytown by the East River, changing locations at least once a month and preferring to sleep under the open sky. Upon his return, he introduces Trina to his various neighbors before inviting her to stay.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" is an entertaining romance that has less to do with the economic circumstances of the Great Depression, then with the idea of domesticity which has a novel spin put on it at the end. Domesticity is the one thing Bill fears which is ironic since he is being slowly drawn into it with his relationship with Trina.(Bill may talk tough but he is actually soft at heart.) But after a while, she is only shown cleaning house, hanging curtains or cooking.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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