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::1941 - Manpower / Herzen in Flammen

USA 1941
black & white

While working on a high power line during a raging storm, Southern California lineman Hank McHenry sustains a permanent leg injury. No longer able to work on the lines, he is made foreman of a team that includes his friends Johnny Marshall and Antoine "Pop" Duval. One cold night, an ice storm downs some lines, and Pop is killed when he touches one. Hank, as foreman, must tell Pop's daughter Fay, who was recently released from prison, and he begs Johnny to accompany him. Johnny is angered by Fay's unsentimental acceptance of her father's death, but Hank is attracted to her and later delivers some money to her, claiming that it came from Pop's insurance. Fay, who works as a hostess in a Los Angeles nightclub, isn't fooled by Hank's ruse, but takes the money anyway. Despite Johnny's warnings, Hank continues to see Fay, and she, in turn, tolerates him because he is kind to her. Eventually Hank asks Fay to marry him, and although she is not in love with him, she agrees. Knowing that Fay cannot possibly love the uncouth Hank, Johnny offers to buy her off, but only succeeds in reaffirming her decision. At first, Fay tries hard to be a good wife to Hank. Then Johnny is seriously injured at work and Hank brings him home to recuperate. Fay falls in love with the handsome Johnny, but when she tells him about her feelings, he hurriedly leaves the house. Hank's team travels to work at Boulder Dam, and Fay takes advantage of Hank's absence to leave him. Seeking a contact at the nightclub where she used to work, Fay is caught in a raid. Johnny takes the police call and drives down to bail her out of jail. When he learns that Fay was planning to leave Hank, he insists that she continue her marriage and drives her to the camp. There a bad storm blows in and the crew receives an emergency call. Because Johnny does not want to come between Hank and Fay, he quits his job, but this does not stop Fay from leaving Hank. Hank blames Johnny for the end of his marriage and, despite his lameness, climbs up the wires after his friend. The two men fight and Hank falls to his death. Before he dies, Fay tells him that he has falsely accused Johnny. She then leaves, but is joined by Johnny, who has decided to stay with her.

Edward G. Robinson (Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry)
Marlene Dietrich (Fay Duval)
George Raft (Johnny Marshall)
Alan Hale (Jumbo Wells)
Frank McHugh (Omaha)
Eve Arden (Dolly)
Barton MacLane (Smiley Quinn)
Ward Bond (Eddie Adams)
Walter Catlett (Sidney Whipple)
Joyce Compton (Scarlett)
Lucia Carroll (Flo)
Egon Brecher (Antoine 'Pop' Duval)
Cliff Clark (Cully)
Joseph Crehan (Sweeney)
Ben Welden (Al Hurst)
Barbara Pepper (Polly)
Dorothy Appleby (Wilma)
Murray Alper (Lineman)
Jean Ames (Thelma, the Cafe Cashier)
Sam Ash (Extra at Midnight Club)
Lynn Baggett (Bit Part)
Leah Baird (Mrs. Taylor, Prison Matron)
Muriel Barr (Model)
Diana Barrymore (Bit Part)
Arthur Q. Bryan (Drunk Texan)
Joyce Bryant (Mrs. Brewster)
Georgia Caine (Head Nurse)
Peter Caldwell (Boy Playing Baseball)
Nat Carr (28 Club Waiter)
Glen Cavender (Drunk Bounced from Midnight Club)
Eddy Chandler (Detective in Raid)
Chester Clute (Drug Store Clerk)
Joe Devlin (Bartender)
John Dilson (Jail Clerk)
Roland Drew (Citizen Reporting Power Outage)
Ralph Dunn (Man Calling Sweeney)
Dick Elliott (Drunk Texan)
Faye Emerson (Nurse Who Lost Draw)
Eddie Fetherston (Power Company Telephone Operator)
James Flavin (Orderly About to Give Bath)
Brenda Fowler (Mrs. Calkin, a Saleslady)
William Gould (Freeman, Police Desk Sergeant)
Fred Graham (Lineman at Cafe Counter)
Carl Harbaugh (Noisy Nash)
John Harmon (Benny, the Counterman)
Harry Harvey Jr. (Boy Playing Baseball)
Al Herman (Power Company Telephone Operator)
Herbert Heywood (Charlie, a Watchman)
Friedrich Hollaender (Accompanist)
Harry Holman (Justice of the Peace)
Stuart Holmes (28 Club Bartender)
William Hopper (Power Company Telephone Operator)
John Kelly (28 Club Bouncer)
Barbara Land (Marilyn)
Vera Lewis (Wife of the Justice of the Peace)
Audra Lindley (Nurse)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson (Midnight Club Bartender)
Al Lloyd (Extra at Midnight Club)
Frank Mayo (Midnight Club Doorman)
Pat McKee (Midnight Club Bouncer)
Gayle Mellott (Model)
William Newell (Lineman at Cafe Counter)
Paul Panzer (28 Club Bartender)
Lee Phelps (Detective in Raid)
Jane Randolph (Hat Check Girl)
John J. Richardson (Midnight Club Waiter)
Bobby Robb (Boy Playing Baseball)
Drew Roddy (Boy Playing Baseball)
William Royle (Policeman in Raid)
Cliff Saum (Man to Call Substation)
Jeffrey Sayre (Power Company Telephone Operator)
Harry Seymour (Piano Player)
Charles Sherlock (Power Company Telephone Operator)
Harry Strang (Tommy, Foreman Sent to Line 191)
Robert Strange (Bailsman)
Charles Sullivan (Lineman at Cafe Counter)
Elliott Sullivan (Lineman at Cafe Counter)
Harry Tenbrook (Midnight Club Waiter)
Dorothy Vaughan (Mrs. Boyle)
Sailor Vincent (Sailor, a Lineman)
Nella Walker (FloorLady)
Billy Wayne (Taxi Driver)
Dick Wessel (Lineman at Cafe Counter)
Joan Winfield (Nurse Holding Baby)
Isabel Withers (Head Nurse)
Beal Wong (Wing Ling, Chinese Singer)

Raoul Walsh (director)
Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald (original screen play)
Mark Hellinger (associate producer)
Hal B. Wallis (executive producer)
Jack Saper (associate producer)
Adolph Deutsch (original music)
Friedrich Hollaender (original music)
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
Max Parker (art direction)
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Perc Westmore (makeup artist)
Frank Mattison (unit manager)
Russell Saunders (assistant director)
Dolph Thomas (sound)
Byron Haskin (special effects)
Hans F. Koenekamp (special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp))
Buster Wiles (stunt double: Alan Hale)
Eugene Joseff (costume jeweller)
Leo F. Forbstein (musical director)
Heinz Roemheld (composer: additional music)
Hugh Cummings (dialogue director)
Verne Elliott (technical advisor)
Mack Gray (stand-in: George Raft)

«I’m in No Mood for Music Tonight», «He Lied and I Listened» by Frederick Hollander (Music)
and Frank Loesser (Lyrics)

2.843 Meter 103 Minutes

24 March - 12 May 1941

Early July 1941, Strand Theatre, New York