While not one of "the greats", "Manpower" is as true an example of the standard Warner Brothers movie of the early-40's as I've ever seen. Director Raoul Walsh focuses on action and humor, provided by an occasionally witty script and the inclusion of many of the stock Warner Brother's players; notably Alan Hale Sr., Frank McHugh, Ben Welden, and Barton MacLane. The one weird exception to that WB feel is Dietrich. (What's she even doing here?) She's not bad in the role, but "Manpower" really needed an actress who wasn't known for being quite so...glamorous. "Manpower" could have also withstood having about 10 minutes shaved off the run time, but in all, it still manages to be a pretty fun ride.
Gets an extra 1/2 star for having The Mighty Ward Bond in the cast.