The Man I Love (1947 film)
|The Man I Love|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||Arnold Albert|
|Screenplay by||W. R. Burnett
|Based on||the novel Night Shift
by Maritta Wolff
Robert Alda<br/Bruce Bennett
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Editing by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||96 minutes|
The Man I Love is a 1947 film noir melodrama directed by Raoul Walsh, based on the novel Night Shift by Maritta M. Wolff, and starring Ida Lupino, Robert Alda and Bruce Bennett. The title is from the George and Ira Gershwin song "The Man I Love", which is prominently featured.
Homesick for her family in Los Angeles, lounge singer Petey Brown (Ida Lupino) decides to leave New York City to spend some time visiting her two sisters and brother on the West Coast. Shortly she lands a job at the nightclub of small-time-hood Nicky Toresca (Robert Alda). While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes she falls in love with down-and-out ex-jazz pianist San Thomas (Bruce Bennett), who never recovered from an old divorce. Variously solving the problems of her sisters, brother and their next-door neighbor, the no-nonsense Petey must wait as San decides whether to start a new life with her or sign back on with a merchant steamer.
Warner Bros. purchased the rights to Maritta Wolff's novel in 1942 for $25,000, with the original intention of starring Ann Sheridan and Humphrey Bogart in the film adaptation. Working titles for the film were Night Shift and Why Was I Born?, the latter a 1929 song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II featured in the movie. Production fell behind schedule because Lupino was suffering from exhaustion – she fainted during one scene with Robert Alda and had to be cut out of her tight-fitting dress – finishing 19 days late and $100,000 over budget.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Raoul Walsh directs a snappy but illogical melodrama that doesn't date well. Except for Ida Lupino's feisty performance as a tortured woman in love who tries to help her family, the acting was weak. Based on the novel Night Shift by Maritta M. Wolff and adapted to the screen by a host of screenwriters, including the main writer Catherine Turney, this morbid soap opera story spins out of control as the characters get bounced around in their attempt to live with dignity while undergoing emotional stress. The dialogue was sappy, and the situation was one big cliché ... The film might have inspired Martin Scorcese's New York, New York, but failed to inspire me."
- The Man I Love at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Man I Love at the Internet Movie Database
- The Man I Love at allmovie
- The Man I Love at the TCM Movie Database
- The Man I Love information site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- The Man I Love information web site by Michael E. Grost
- The Man I Love film trailer at YouTube