Hold Your Man
Editing by Frank Sullivan
Starring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable
But mainly, it's a story about a woman's love. We live through Jean Harlow's character. We feel her sensitive attraction for Clark Gable's character even through her tough girl exterior. We laugh at Gable's bad boy mischief, we pity the good guy's unfortunate devotion to Harlow, and then shit gets very real. An unlucky event shifts the entire setting from a romance in the slums to a story about unrequited love behind bars. Here we meet widely varying cross-sections of the United States. We encounter rebellious independent women, unmarried mothers, African American culture, communism, and the Christian church. We feel the push and strain of all of these elements, and we get to witness a blueprint for cooperation between them. Topping it all off, the beautiful photography and performances of the ensemble cast leave nothing to be desired. In short, this is a very unassuming masterpiece.