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Man-Proof (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 January 1938 (USA)
Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi's mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Vincent Lawrence (screen play), Waldemar Young (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Mimi Swift
Franchot Tone ... Jimmy Kilmartin
Rosalind Russell ... Elizabeth Kent
Walter Pidgeon ... Alan Wythe
Rita Johnson ... Florence
Nana Bryant ... Meg Swift
Ruth Hussey ... Jane (scenes deleted)
Leonard Penn ... Bob
John Miljan ... Tommy Gaunt
William Stack William Stack ... Minister
Oscar O'Shea ... Gus
Dan Tobey Dan Tobey ... Fight Announcer
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Storyline

Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi's mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with men. So Mimi decides to get a job as an illustrator at the New York Chronicle where her friend Jimmy works. When Alan and Liz return from their honeymoon, Alan wants to keep Mimi at his side, and Mimi has no objections - in the beginning. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Four Marys See more »

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Budget:

$513,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Marie Blake (Telephone Operator), Harvey Clark (Artist), Dorothy Vaughan (Matron), Jerome Storm (Poolroom Man), Francis X. Bushman Jr. (Young Man at Fight) and Irving Bacon (Drug Clerk). See more »

Goofs

When Alan unexpectedly drops in at Mimi's apartment after meeting Jimmy at the club, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible along the top of the open door to the apartment. See more »

Quotes

Meg Swift: [Laughing as she sees Mimi and Jimmy who claim to be platonic friends kissing] The end of a beautiful friendship.
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Soundtracks

On a Sunday Afternoon
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung a cappella by Myrna Loy and Walter Pidgeon
Also whistled by Walter Pidgeon and hummed by Myrna Loy
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not great
24 August 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Man-Proof" is one of those films that the studios just ground out week after week. There's nothing particularly special about it unless you count Myrna Loy, who is always special. Here she plays a young woman, Mimi, from new money - her mother (Nana Bryant) is a popular romance novelist -- who's jilted by her boyfriend Alan (Walter Pidgeon). He dumps her unceremoniously to marry Elizabeth (Rosalind Russell), who has lots more money. A family friend, Jimmy (Franchot Tone) who seems to love Mimi himself, thinks he's a jerk and is just as glad.

After the wedding, Mimi, Alan, and Elizabeth bury the hatchet, and Mimi and Alan decide to be friends. After an evening at the fights while Elizabeth is home sick, Mimi decides that she wants Alan back.

This is pretty predictable stuff, overwritten with heavy dialogue. I will say this - Rosalind Russell wears the most atrocious-looking wedding veil I've ever seen. It seems to be held up on either side of the head by wires and resembles the flying nun's habit, and it looks like it's made of cellophane. Actually it's some sort of silk but it's hideous. Worth a look if you want to chuckle.

Pidgeon and Loy are good; Franchot Tone doesn't have much to do but wisecrack. Loy is beautiful as usual. Not much to recommend this.


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