Little Man, What Now? (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Man, What Now? (1934)





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Set in Germany shortly before the collapse of the Weimar Republic, this romantic drama chronicles the travails of an impoverished newlywed couple who leave their home village and move in with the groom's stepmother in bustling Berlin to find success. The husband gets a small job in a department store and things are okay until they discover that the stepmother is really a notorious madame and runs an exclusive brothel. This leads the groom to quit his job and take his pregnant bride on the road in search of opportunity. The plot is based on a novel by Hans Fallada.


Margaret Sullavan
as Lammchen Pinneberg
Douglass Montgomery
as Hans Pinneberg
Alan Hale
as Jachman
Catherine Doucet
as Mia Pinneberg
Muriel Kirkland
as Marie Kleinholz
Catharine Doucet
as Mia Pinneberg
Fred Kohler
as Communist
Mae Marsh
as His Wife
DeWitt Jennings
as Emil Kleinholz
Alan Mowbray
as Franz Schluter, the Actor
Sarah Padden
as Widow Scharrenhofer
Earle Foxe
as Frenchman
Bodil Rosing
as Frau Kleinholz
Donald Haines
as Kleinholz Jr.
G.P. Huntley
as Heilbut
Paul Fix
as Lauderback
Christian Rub
as Puttbreese
Max Asher
as Chauffeur
Tom Ricketts
as Mr. Sesam
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Critic Reviews for Little Man, What Now?

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Little Man, What Now is not one of Director Borzage's best pictures but it has the qualities of intelligence, honesty and observance which are indelibly part of his style.

July 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Maybe it's hindsight, or maybe it's Borzage's talent, but Little Man does manage to suggest what was happening within this embattled, darkening country.

July 26, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Margaret Sullavan and Douglass Montgomery make this tale of young love and poverty one of the most poignant films of the season.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Borzage's Berlin Alexanderplatz

February 29, 2012 | Full Review…

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