Man's Castle

Synopsis: 12 million Americans are out of work. Trina is homeless and hungry when Bill takes her under his wing, showing her a squatter's camp where she can live. She's soon in love with him, making a castle for him inside a shack; but he's bluff, gruff, and a "bindlestiff," a guy who can't stay put. When Trina tells Bill she's pregnant, he's ready to jump a freight train and move on, but first he wants to leave Trina with some money, so he partners up with Bragg, the camp's louse (who's been eyeing Trina), to rob a toy manufacturer. He's shot and the cops are closing in: does he have any options?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Frank Borzage
Production: Columbia Pictures
75 min

What's the matter?

Come on, spill it.

I've been watching you ever since

you sat down here.

You look like you were rehearsing an

act or something. What is it?


Wait a minute, what's the rush?

- Please let me go or I'll..

You'll what?

Get down on my hands and knees

for some of that popcorn.

Hey, what is this?

I thought I was hip to all the

pan-handling routines.

Or are you the little girl reporter

working on a sob-story?

Because if you are, I can give you some

small dope on these pigeons.

Now you take that one there for

instance. I call him Oliver Twist.

Yes, he's always asking for more.

And that little fellow over there.

See that one. Wait a minute.

Are you really hungry?

I ain't eaten in two days.

- Two days? Why not?

I haven't any money.

Neither have the pigeons, but they eat regular.

It would be great to be a pigeon.

There's always someone throwing

them crumbs.

If you had the brains of one of them

pigeons you wouldn't be hungry.

Come on. Let's eat.

For a pint-size like you, you can

certainly put it away.

You were hungry alright, weren't you?

- Uhuh.

But if you think I fell for your line

of hooey, you're crazy.

No female has to starve in a town like this.

Have you ever been out of work

for a whole year?

I've been out of work all my life.

Besides, the unemployment situation

has got nothing to do with women.

Did you ever think of that?

Yeah I thought of it.


I couldn't.

Oh, I suppose the river would

be better than that, huh?

Yeah, I thought of that too.

I was down there this afternoon, but..

I was afraid.

How are you ever going to get anywhere

if you are afraid of everything?

I guess I just won't get anywhere.

You're not eating.

Nah, I ain't hungry.

Have you ever been hungry?

Nobody ever has to be hungry anywhere.

That's alright for you to say. You're rich.

Call the manager.

Anything wrong sir?

No, no, no. Everything's fine.

I just want to talk to him minute.

Yes, sir.

You know you should never ought

to skip meals.

That's the best food every I ate.

I feel better now.

You look better too.

If you fell down here at night,

you'd get by in a crowd at that.

You can't help the way you're made.

- Why can't you?

You wish to see me?

- Yeah, yeah,

Sit down.

There's 12 million people in this country

without work. Did you know that?


Yeah, and a lot of them are starving,

so they tell me.

Now take this young lady here,

for instance.

Up until an hour ago, she hadn't eaten

for two days. She was starving.

I brought her in here and fixed her up.

Feels swell, now.

Says it's the best food she ever ate.

Well, I'm glad to hear that. Thank you.

Yeah, the funny part of it is,

she ain't got a dime.

And neither have I.

So the feed is on you, brother.

Now.. there are lots of ways to

handle a case like this.

You can call in the cops and have the

two of us thrown into the can.

They'll send us up to Island and we'll be

fed by the state for 30 days, at least.

But the more lags the state has to feed,

the more taxes you guys have to pay.

Is this your idea of a joke?

- Now, wait a minute!

This is a joint that throws out enough

leftover grub to feed a thousand people.

You can afford one on the

house once in a while.

Well, am I right or wrong?

I'll tell you what I'll do with you.

I'll put it up to your own customers

right here in this place.

I'll ask them if it's right to let somebody

die of hunger right outside your place.

And if they say I'm wrong I'll admit it.

Ladies and gentlemen!

According to the newspapers the banks

in this country are full of gold.

The granaries are bursting with grain.

And yet there are twelve million people

out of work.

Twelve million..

Get out of here. Get out!

Okay. Take it easy, take it easy

will you, pal.

The case is dismissed.

Come on, Miss.

Nothing like a good walk after dinner.

Where do you live? I might as

well take you home.

That would be alright if I had a home.

- Hey, wait a minute.

Say, have you got anything?

Where did you expect to spend the night?

I don't know.

- You got a satchel?

Well, go and get yourself one somewhere.

Go to a hotel and stay there. When they

hand you a bill, tell them you're broke.

Then what happens?

Then they throw you out and you

go to another hotel.

Oh, I couldn't do that.

- Why not?

I.. I'd be afraid.

You live in a hotel?

No. I got no use for hotels.

What do you do for a living?

- I live.

Close your eyes a minute. Close them.

Now open them.

Pretty huh?

Yeah, sure.

Two bucks a day for this. I just walk up

and down and turn the light on and off.

This your regular job?

No, no. I don't believe in regular jobs.

I do this for a friend on his night off.

All you got to do is walk up and down here?

That's right.

Is it alright if I walk up and down with you?

Sure. It's a free country ain't it.

Well, I suppose I got to find you

a place to sleep tonight.

What's your name?


What's yours?

- Bill.


Here we are Trina.

Bagdom On The Hudson, the fastest

growing community in the East.

You'll find more unemployment here

than in any other place in the world.

The city gave it to the boys and girls

to loaf in. How do you like it?

Oh, it's swell.

Gosh I've been staying here a year and

never knew there was such a place.

Yeah, that's one of the best things

about it, the privacy.

It's the only way to live.

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Jo Swerling

Jo Swerling (April 8, 1897 – October 23, 1964) was an American theatre writer, lyricist and screenwriter. more…

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