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Man's Castle

Man's Castle (1933)

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Release Date: Oct 27, 1933 Wide

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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

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (0)

Haunting, magical romance set in the Depression.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Frank Borzage's vision of lower depths and heightened feelings

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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

July 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.
September 4, 2008
rubystevens
Stella Dallas

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[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]
February 8, 2009
Harlequin68
Walter M.

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