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Manhandled (1924) DVD-R

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Starring Gloria Swanson, Tom Moore, Lilyan Tashman, Ian Keith, Arthur
Directed by Allan Dwan

Print: black/white
Runtime: 80 min.
Genre: comedy
Print Quality: B

Although an executive at Paramount came up with the racy title for this
comedy-drama, the plot came from a Saturday Evening Post story by
Arthur Stringer. Tessie McGuire (Gloria Swanson) is a department store
clerk. When her sweetheart, auto mechanic Johnny Hogan (Tom Moore)
goes to Detroit with a gas saving invention, Tessie's friend, Pinkie (Lilyan
Tashman), drags her to a party. The host, sculptor Robert Brandt (Ian
Keith), finds Tessie's talent at impersonations amusing (she mimics
Charles Chaplin), and hires her as a model. But when he tries to
"manhandle" her, she goes to work at the shop of Arno Riccardi (Frank
Morgan) — her job is impersonating a Russian countess. Every man she
encounters at the upper reaches of society tries to have his way with her,
but Tessie remains staunchly chaste. However, when Hogan returns from
his trip (his invention sold), he sees her fancy dresses and believes she
is less than spotless. Ultimately, he realizes that Tessie has been faithful
all along and the couple is happily reunited. This picture was a departure
for Swanson — her mimicry of Chaplin was totally unexpected (but would
be repeated some 25 years later in Sunset Boulevard). It delighted her
fans, though, and the film was a huge box-office hit.

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