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The Working Man (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 1933 (USA)
The vacationing head of a successful shoe company is placed as his rival's trustee, unbeknown to them.

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 / John Walton
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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adopted Father See more »

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Budget:

$193,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in only 18 days. See more »

Goofs

When Jenny walks in the home office of John Walton (Reeves) and confronts him about his business behavior toward Benjamin and the Reeves Company, she throws her coat on a chair then sits down on top of it. But on the next immediate cut, she is no longer sitting on the coat nor is the coat even seen. See more »

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Remake of Twenty Dollars a Week (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
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The Old Man and the Shoe
12 May 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Interesting story of a sly old fox (George Arliss), owner of the Reeves Shoe Company, who seems like he'd rather be fishing with his pal in Maine than running the business, so heads off for a fishing holiday, leaving his conceited nephew in charge of biz. While out fishing, he accidentally meets up with the son and daughter of Hartland, his recently deceased one-time friend and biggest rival in the shoe business. Giving them a fake name, the two youths have no idea he is rival Reeves, but they are really more interested in contacting bootleggers, throwing drunken parties, and running through their inheritance anyway. After heading back home with these two to get an "inside look" at the workings of their shoe factory and make an offer to buy the company, Reeves sees that the company is being run into the ground and decides he would rather help these Hartlands out instead - see, he was once in love with their mother, not to mention his swollen-headed nephew thinks he's too old to run a business anymore - he'll show the young whippersnapper! So he gets the Hartland's to make him their new trustee/guardian (and they do it 'cause they think he is just a simple "old fisherman" who will give them all the money they want to run wild with), then takes a firm hold of the running of the company and the young Hartlands!

Really good film with excellent script and performances all around. George Arliss is an old charmer, really endearing in this film - he makes you really want to root for him. Bette Davis looks real cute in this, and does a great job, as always, in her part. The story is lots of fun to watch, and left me with a smile at the end - credit for this film really belongs to George Arliss who dominates the film and makes it a good one.


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