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Other Men's Women Reviews

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½ February 2, 2016
a good pre code 1931 forbidden Hollywood early talkie.the acting was good with Mary Aster,James Cagney,Joan Blondel,Regis Toomey and Grant Withers
November 23, 2014
Barely watchable ROMCOM
½ September 13, 2014
Love triangle plot starts out strong, then dissolves into melodramatics; fun supporting work from Cagney and Blondell.
½ March 8, 2014
good pre-code early talkie from wellman
½ October 17, 2012
2.5: Yet another pre-production code picture, but this one is a serious exploration of a friend stealing another man's wife (i.e. it explores infidelity). Just as was the case with Three on a Match, it is really a quite sophisticated film given the age in which it was made. It is also a rather serious-minded endeavor. Worth seeing and not just for historical reasons, but also because it is a quality film, if a bit melodramatic.
½ July 31, 2011
Slight melodrama elevated by brilliant direction and visuals. Complex long-takes, lyrical camera movements, and expressionistic lighting make this an impressive viewing experience.
½ April 5, 2011
Bill and Jack have been friends for as long as they can remember. They both work as locomotive engineers down on the tracks. Problems arise when Bill realizes that he is in love with Jack's wife, and her feelings are mutual. Other Men's Women is an early William A. Wellman film that is interesting but nothing incredibly special. The structure of the melodrama is a bit interesting as these two characters have the big confrontation rather early in the story. The last 20 minutes or so are particularly strong with a great ending, which always seems to be the case in Wellman films.
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2010
Wellman's a good director, and the actors are good enough, but the story is a boring drama with a bit of romance mixed in and a bit of tragedy too, but it doesn't all flow together right. It's okay, but it really could have been better.
August 6, 2009
Oddly structured melodrama that climaxes awfully early and doesn't really know what to do after a certain character stops seeing things so clearly, as it were.
Super Reviewer
½ July 2, 2009
"other men's women" is one of those experimental pieces of works in the early sound movie stage. even it's directed by the maverick who created the legend of james cagney's "public enemy", william a wellman, but inevitably it's raw and primitive, in need of more polishing mellowness since cienma then still had its tiny span to adapt into the sound to emulate popcorn noises in theater. it also features fresh-looking enormously pretty mary astor with innocent wide eyes and lips of cheery blossom. most of all, it has young jimmy cagney before he hit big as the tough bootlegging gangster.

the flick is upon the absurd melodrama of threesome romance among the railroad coal-refilling workers whose code of buddy language is "have a little chew on me"(a sign of exchaning pop-gum), tiptoeing upon the freight train, leading a freewheeling proteriat lifestyle of hard-labour, booze and easy dame after work. somehow the sceneries do have a touch of americanistic realism which could compete with italian neo-realism despite its occasional backfires of overly deliberate melodrama. and the descriptive viewpoint is entirely male-centered, and mainly on the struggle of brotherhood and the illicit passion which is suppressed and un-fulfilled except a brief kiss without further developments. the rest of the story is relentlessly mushy about the manly principle of never crossing your pal's wife even you desire her to death...blah blah blah.

as the notorious grapefruit scene in "public enemy" suggests, director wellman may have an obvious reluctance to deal with women in his movies, when a guy's showed off by a dame, he doesn't know or not willing to cope with that but smash a bundle of grapefruit to her face then takes off since misogynism is primarily due to man's fright to confront the womanly menace. (ha)..there's rarely a place to deepen into a woman in "other men's women" since its two female roles are either disposable waitress(joan bondell) you swoon on monday and ditch by tuesday when you're lonely and miserable or the demure angelic wife (mary astor) who remains passive without actions, the object of desire, something you want greatly but could never have. then a whole long-winding story on brotherhood and the code of manhood.

but un-deniably, the fun of "other men's women" is its naturalistic shooting of proteriat lives within the inland states of america, just like a fragment of past coming into reality which you cannot resist appreciating and life was so simple when you could just climb upon the ladder of a freight train to do your own petite illegal drifting without costing a cent.
½ April 6, 2009
Three way romance melodrama with a completely WTF ending. They sure don't make 'em like they used to....
½ April 5, 2009
Other Men's Women (1931) -- [5.5] -- I like the fact that a movie from the `30s had the balls to tackle infidelity while keeping all the characters sympathetic. I just wish the characters weren't so filled with grief for their misdeeds. I mean, both men end up suicidal? And the infidels end up together (again, kinda ballsy)? Grant Withers is a quirky actor to watch, and it's nice to see Joan Blondell in another colorful supporting role. Despite all these plusses, the movie is slow-paced, and at a certain point, pretty predictable. If it had ended a little more provocatively, I'd be more likely to remember it.
½ March 27, 2009
Some nice cinematography and railway scenery. Supporting players Cagney and Blondell stand out in sharp contrast to the annoying, bland male leads (especially the guy with the gum). Otherwise a pretty ridiculous melodrama.
September 30, 2008
Not a great movie, but it has a lot of heart. Great supporting performances from young Astor, Cagney, and Blondell.
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