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The Working Man (1933)

Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it ... See full summary »

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screen play), Maude T. Howell (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... John Reeves
Bette Davis ... Jenny Hartland / Jane Grey
Theodore Newton ... Tommy Hartland
Hardie Albright ... Benjamin Burnett
Gordon Westcott ... Fred Pettison
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Henry Davis
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... Mr. Haslitt (as Charles Evans)
Frederick Burton ... Judge Larson
Pat Wing ... Reeves' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ... Mr. Briggs
Claire McDowell ... Benjamin's Secretary
Ruthelma Stevens ... Mrs. Price
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Successful wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves takes a vacation, leaving his business in the hands of his nephew. While on vacation Reeves runs into his rival's heirs, who are living it up on their dead father's money. He doesn't tell them who he is and gets placed as their trustee. He uses the chance to reorganize their shoe company, becoming a rival to his own nephew. The ne'er-do-wells settle down and become involved in the business. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le roi de la chaussure See more »

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Budget:

$199,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Everybody's Old Man (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Played when apologizes to Reeves in the study
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Mr. George Arliss Invites You To Another Master Class In Acting
13 June 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE WORKING MAN appointed to watch over the inheritance of a couple of young wastrels, unbeknownst to them, is actually the old tycoon once in love with their late mother.

This is a very well produced little comedy from Vitaphone/Warner Bros., featuring another splendid performance from the old master of character acting, Mr. George Arliss. This was an actor who could fascinate an audience merely by sitting still, letting his face act for him. Here, playing a great shoe manufacturer, Arliss is tremendous fun, whether haranguing his salesmen, or, switching sides, working for his own biggest competitor with equal gusto. It is doubtful that Arliss ever gave anything less than an entertaining cinematic performance. It is a shame that this wonderful actor is nearly forgotten today.

Arliss is given good support by a trio of young actors: Hardie Albright as his stuffy, conceited nephew - ‘The Young Napoleon of Shoes;' as well as Theodore Newton and a very pert & pretty Bette Davis as the spendthrift offspring of his late rival. Miss Davis always credited Mr. Arliss for giving her an important hands-up at this early stage in her screen career.

J. Farrell MacDonald is very down-to-earth as Arliss' fishing buddy in Maine; Edward Van Sloan appears briefly, but effectively, as Arliss' company auditor.


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