She's the screen's iconic working girl. He's the screen's legendary Everyman. And Mannequin is the only celluloid collaboration of film greats Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy.
Melodrama expert Frank Borzage directs, composing glamorous close-ups of his femme star in this heart-tuggger about a Hester Street girl (Crawford), her con-artist hubby (Alan Curtis) and the shipping magnate (Tracy) smitten by the slum girl. It's a rags-to-riches-to-love's-truer-riches tale, a quintessential example of what the Golden Era called a "woman's picture." And reigning throughout is Crawford, going from factory girl to showgirl to fashion model to woman of means - all in stunning haute couture.
Jessie is a factory worker who desperately wants to better her station - but not at the expense of her honor. A lonely, wealthy magnate falls for her, long before she falls for him. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Always and Always").
Jessie, desperate to leave her lower-class surroundings, marries Eddie, whom she believes is a successful boxing manager. But when Jessie discovers that he's a shiftless lowlife who wants to involve her in a blackmail scheme, she dumps him. Jessie's life improves when she meets and marries John, a nice, self-made millionaire. But just when the bride thinks she's on Easy Street, two things threaten to ruin her life. One is John's business -- which suddenly crumbles due to labor disputes. The other is Eddie, who reappears in her life, with nefarious intentions...
Personal Triumph |
Rags To Riches |
The only film that Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy made together.
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