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Manpower Reviews

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½ June 20, 2013
Heated dramatics made great by the wonderful Robinson and Marlene Dietrich.
January 9, 2013
a good working man's pic uplifted by an impressive cast of WB greats.
September 2, 2011
I'm not sure if I give this movie 4 stars because it's a good movie or if it's because Edward G. Robinson makes the most adorably awkward chump.
April 18, 2010
snappy good stuff of WWII cinema.
½ March 4, 2010
Edward G. Robinson always puts in a 100% effort to every performance. He always lifts up a film. This is a routine story, made considerably better by the terrific cast. Eve Arden scores in an early supporting role, but Marlene Dietrich seems a little out of place. Great pace, good photography. A solid crime drama.
½ March 4, 2010
75/100. Edward G. Robinson always puts in a 100% effort to every performance. He always lifts up a film. This is a routine story, made considerably better by the terrific cast. Eve Arden scores in an early supporting role, but Marlene Dietrich seems a little out of place. Great pace, good photography. A solid crime drama.
½ April 19, 2009
Edward G. Robinson and George Raft are power company lineman who, between dangerous jobs, get plastered, chase women, and carouse around with their other linemen pals. (Think of a frat house, but with forty-year-olds.) Enter the world-weary Marlene Dietrich, fresh from prison, and eager to get on with her life, even if it takes a man she doesn't love to carry her through. Robinson is enamored of her beauty from the start, but Raft sees nothing but trouble in store for his pal.

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.
July 9, 2008
Not one of my favourite Dietrich films. However, Marlene is stunning even in bad films!
½ September 16, 2007
Dietrich and Robinson, together?! How could I go wrong? Well, it's as odd as a pair as you'd guess it and the film leaves a lot to be desired... Dietrich falls a little flat, which only makes Robinson seem a little over the top.
September 14, 2007
The story is poorly structured: many seemingly pointless scenes and shifting dramatic issues made it confusing as to what the movie was even about.
September 13, 2007
Pretty standard, and maybe unexceptional movie, but look at the cast. Nice for a rainy day.
½ September 8, 2007
Film noir. Femme Fatale. Freaking great!
August 9, 2007
She always seems to cause tensions between the men.
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