Other Men's Women
|Other Men's Women|
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Written by||Maude Fulton
William K. Wells
|Music by||Erno Rapee
|Edited by||Edward M. McDermott|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|January 17, 1931|
Other Men's Women is a 1931 all-talking pre-code American film directed by William A. Wellman and written by Maude Fulton. It was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film stars Grant Withers, Regis Toomey and Mary Astor. The film was first previewed and released in a limited number of locations under the title The Steel Highway in 1930. By the time of the film's general release the title had been changed to Other Men's Women. Due to the public's apathy and aversion to anything musical in films in late 1930 and early 1931, the film's music is kept to an absolute minimum. The credits at the beginning and ending of the film are presented without music and there is virtually no background musical score throughout the film.
The film is about Bill (Grant Withers), a railroad engineer, who falls in love with Lily (Mary Astor), the wife of his co-worker Jack (Regis Toomey). When the two men fight over Lily, Jack is blinded. He dies in a violent storm saving Bill's life. Joan Blondell plays a diner waitress and James Cagney makes his third film appearance in a small role as an engineer. Cagney dances a little in one scene.
- "Leave A Little Smile" Sung by Grant Withers, J. Farrell MacDonald and Mary Astor (from the Warner Bros. musical Oh Sailor Behave).
- "The Kiss Waltz" Played on the phonograph (from the Warner Bros. musical Dancing Sweeties).
- "Tomorrow Is Another Day" Played at the restaurant/dance hall (from the Warner Bros. musical Big Boy).
Cast (in credits order)
- Grant Withers as Bill White
- Mary Astor as Lily Kulper
- Regis Toomey as Jack Kulper
- James Cagney as Ed 'Eddie' Bailey
- Fred Kohler as Haley
- J. Farrell MacDonald as Peg-Leg
- Joan Blondell as Marie
- Lillian Worth as Waitress
- Walter Long as Mike 'Bix' / 'Roundhouse' Bixby
The film survives complete and has been shown on television and cable. It was released on DVD by the Warner Archive in 2010.
The New York Times described the film as "an unimportant little drama of the railroad yards", but Variety called it "a good program picture." Astor called it "a piece of cheese" in her autobiography, but praised Blondell and Cagney.
- TCM Spotlight: William A. Wellman Other Men's Women
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