Doctor's Review of Hold Your Man
Hold Your Man(1933)
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!