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Bottoms Up (1934);
Man's Castle (1933)

Man's Castle (1933)
January 14, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Bottoms Up (1934)

Directed by David Butler

Tracy stars as a con man jockeying for position in Hollywood, trying to set up pretty Pat Paterson as a Hollywood star. Complications arise when hard-drinking actor John Boles takes an interest in the girl, and heartthrobs get in the way of best-laid plans. Tracy’s alcoholism and his relationship with Man’s Castle co-star Loretta Young were both matters of public record by the time of this picture’s release.

Fox Film Corp. Producer: B. G. DeSylva. Screenwriter: B. G. DeSylva, D. Butler, Sid Silvers. Cinematographer: Arthur Miller. Editor: Irene Mora. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles, Sid Silvers, Herbert Mundin.

35mm, b/w, 84 min.

Man's Castle (1933)

Directed by Frank Borzage

A lovable vagabond, rough around the edges, Tracy’s “Bill” is a diamond in the rough, transformed by the love of homeless “Trina” (Young), whom he brings home to his shanty as a charitable gesture. Bill’s gradual domestication and surrender to finer emotions form the heart of this tender idyll of life among the lowly, offering a delightful variation on the low-life roles Tracy was being handed at the time.

Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Frank Borzage. Based on the play by Lawrence Hazard. Screenwriter: Jo Swerling. Cinematographer: Joseph August. Editor: Viola Lawrence. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenda Farrell, Walter Connolly.

35mm, b/w, 75 min.