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Nov 4, 2022

For our Warner Bros. 1941 episode we watched two Raoul Walsh love triangle movies: Manpower, in which Edward G. Robinson pines for Marlene Dietrich, who pines for George Raft; and one of Dave's all-time faves, The Strawberry Blonde, in which Olivia de Havilland pines for James Cagney, who pines for Rita Hayworth. We discuss Walsh's treatment of women as desiring subjects; the productive tension between acteur and studi-auteur in the pairing of Dietrich and Warner Bros.; Walsh's unHawksian take on male dynamics in dangerous workplaces, and more. But what makes these uniquely Warner Bros. pictures? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out. 

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:      THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE [dir. Raoul Walsh]

0h 44m 26s:      MANPOWER [dir. Raoul Walsh]


Studio Film Capsules provided by The Warner Brothers Story by John Douglas Eames

Additional studio information from: The Hollywood Story by Joel W. Finler



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