Man's Castle (1933)





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Impoverished by the Great Depression, a young woman is forced to move into a shantytown. Starved and desperate for shelter, she hooks up with the neighborhood thug and begins trying to make their humble hovel a home while he go out to scrape up some cash.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures


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

All Critics (3)

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

Frank Borzage's romantic drama, set during the Depression, benefits greatly from good performances by Tracy and Young.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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