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Hold Your Man (1933)





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There's nothing wrong with Hold Your Man that a little editing wouldn't cure. Clark Gable plays a raffish young petty crook who hides out in hard-boiled Jean Harlow's apartment after he pulls off a robbery. Harlow enjoys Gable's company, and soon the two are living together. Gable puts his criminal career on hold for a while, but when Harlow, jealous of her boy friend's womanizing, fabricates a romance with "wealthy" laundry owner Paul Hurst, Gable decides to knock over Hurst's establishment. Hurst is accidentally killed, whereupon Gable runs off to parts unknown, leaving Harlow to take the rap. While in prison, Harlow discovers she's pregnant with Gable's baby. The conscience-stricken Gable tries to fix things by sneaking into prison and hastily marrying Harlow. By coming out of hiding, Gable allows himself to be arrested, but Harlow promises to wait for him. Hold Your Man starts out as an acerbic "sez you" comedy-drama, then bogs down into a big pile of sentimental goo (a common problem with MGM films of the early 1930). Still, the first few reels are infinitely entertaining, thanks to the chemistry between Clark Gable and Jean Harlow.

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Stuart Erwin
as Al Simpson
Barbara Barondess
as Sadie Kline
Paul Hurst
as Mitchell
Theresa Harris
as Lily Mae Crippen
Blanche Frederici
as Mrs. Wagner
Ruby Adams
as Jean Harlow
Helen Freeman
as Miss Davis
George H. Reed
as Rev. Crippen
Jack Randall
as Dance Extra
G. Pat Collins
as Phil Dunn
Harry Semels
as Neighbor
Nora Cecil
as Miss Campbell
Addison Randall
as Dance Extra
Eva McKenzie
as Cooking Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Hold Your Man

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How could you not be suckered into enjoying such a devilishly hard-boiled comedy romp!

November 4, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hold Your Man


Overdone love/hate relationship between fickle Ruby (Jean Harlow) and slick con man with a crooked smile Eddie (Clark Gable). Ruby's actions felt disingenuous and only one critical line of dialogue ("Because he's too good for me!") gave any insight into her character. Still, Harlow & Gable are always worth watching and the first half was enjoyable, but the final third crippled with a tedious scheme of trying to get them secretly married. At that point Hold Your Man was of more interest as a history lesson as young women who were unruly or "improper" could be sent to a reformatory to learn how to behave. Can you imagine?? Without breaking any laws, if a judge thought you exhibited low moral character you could spend a couple years being treated like a juvenile delinquent. That'll keep 'em in line!

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cynical first half completely belied by the soppy mess the film soon sinks into due to louis b. mayer's enforced morality. still there's the amazing chemistry of gable and harlow, one of the all time great screen couples

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Funny and Witty. Both Gable and Harlow are amazing. I love Harlows slighety cocky attitude in this film. Gable was excelent as always but he needs to get his mustache back!!

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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