Man's Castle (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Man's Castle (1933)




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Impoverished by the Great Depression, a young woman is forced to move into a shantytown. Starved and desperate for shelter, she hooks up with the neighborhood thug and begins trying to make their humble hovel a home while he go out to scrape up some cash.


Glenda Farrell
as Fay La Rue
Dickie Moore
as Joie the Crippled Boy
Harvey Clark
as Cafe Manager
Henry Roquemore
as Man in Audience
Helen Jerome Eddy
as Mother (uncredited)
Robert Grey
as Head Waiter (uncredited)
Tony Merlo
as Waiter (uncredited)
Kendall McComas
as Slades (uncredited)
Harry Watson
as Baseball Team Captain (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Man's Castle

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Filming the streetwise action and the colorful, caustic language from Jo Swerling's script, the director, Frank Borzage, finds sanctified tenderness in the poignant absurdities and grubby brutalities of gutter-level striving.

February 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Some of the wisecracks Tracy is called upon to read are of the roughest, most inconsiderate kind.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Even though Frank Borzage in his direction of Man's Castle... gives an occasional fleeting reminder of his successful silent film, "Seventh Heaven," the story is by no means as plausible or as poetic as that memorable old work.

March 3, 2007 | Full Review…

Harsh-spirited, episodic, and in a rage over the ghastly injustices of economic privation.

July 18, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Bathetic and fantastic as the story may seem, it finds redemption in Mr. Borzage's at times inspired direction and in the genuinely fine and understanding performances of Spencer Tracy, as Bill, and Loretta Young, as Trina.

June 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Haunting, magical romance set in the Depression.

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man's Castle


[font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" starts with Bill(Spencer Tracy), dapper in a tuxedo, feeding pigeons in Central Park next to Trina(Loretta Young) who has not eaten in two days, so he does the sensible thing and suggests a restaurant. At the end of the meal, he announces that contrary to appearances he does not have any money and somehow bluffs their way out of there without being arrested.(The tuxedo is for one of the odd jobs he is constantly working.) In reality, he lives in a shantytown by the East River, changing locations at least once a month and preferring to sleep under the open sky. Upon his return, he introduces Trina to his various neighbors before inviting her to stay.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Man's Castle" is an entertaining romance that has less to do with the economic circumstances of the Great Depression, then with the idea of domesticity which has a novel spin put on it at the end. Domesticity is the one thing Bill fears which is ironic since he is being slowly drawn into it with his relationship with Trina.(Bill may talk tough but he is actually soft at heart.) But after a while, she is only shown cleaning house, hanging curtains or cooking.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

a really interesting depression era film in which spencer tracy plays a 'bindle-stiff' or hobo. loretta young falls for him but he finds it hard to settle down.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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