1933. USA. Frank Borzage. 75 min.
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1933. USA. Directed by Frank Borzage. Screenplay by Jo Swerling, based on the play by Lawrence Hazard. With Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Walter Connolly. The character of Bill—a cocky vagabond whose vagrant lifestyle is compromised when he allows the indigent Trina to share his lean-to on the New York waterfront—was well suited to Tracy. The film’s mix of unmarried characters, particularly a plain-spoken prostitute named Flossie, gave the guardians of the Production Code fits. During filming, Young made little secret of her infatuation with Tracy (director Borzage may have encouraged it, knowing it was helping the film), and the pair engaged in a very public 10-month relationship that nearly ended in marriage. Man's Castle remains a potent document of that brief period in their lives, and one of the most authentic and visually compelling of all Depression-era romances. 75 min.