Manpower

Synopsis: Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay Duval in a clip joint, but tensions start to show in the road crew as rivally between Hank and Johnny increases.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.8
APPROVED
Year:
1941
104 min
163 Views


[THUNDER]

[THUNDER]

POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY?

HEY, THE LIGHTS ARE OUT!

SAY, HONEY,

WHAT'S THE ADDRESS HERE?

HERE'S ANOTHER ONE

FOR THE CANYON LINE.

THAT'S

PROBABLY IT.

IT IS IT.

CHARLIE, THE BREAK IS

NORTH OF SUBSTATION 10.

SWEENEY, THERE'S A BREAK

IN THE CANYON LINE ABOUT A HALF A MILE UP.

GOTCHA.

PATROL CAR NUMBER TWO,

COME IN.

Man on radio:

PATROL CAR NUMBER TWO, MALCOLM SPEAKING.

CANYON LINE GONE OUT.

FIND THE BREAK. THAT'S ALL.

PATROL CAR NUMBER 8,

PATROL CAR NUMBER 8, COME IN.

Man on radio:

NUMBER 8 CALLING.

TOWER 191 WASHED OUT,

ALL LINES DOWN.

DEEP WATER:

AROUND THE JOB.

GOTCHA.

ALL RIGHT, BOYS,

BREAK IT UP.

TOMMY, GET OU THE HIGH-WHEELER.

TOWER DOWN ON:

THE RIVER LINE-- NUMBER 191.

THAT'S A HALF

A MILE WEST OF THE MARTIN ROAD BRIDGE.

OK. COME ON, MEN.

LOOK ALIVE!

BILL, DON'T GO HOME.

WE'RE GONNA

NEED YOUR CREW:

AS SOON AS WE LOCATE

THAT CANYON BREAK.

THE BOYS ARE:

GONNA BE SORE.

THEY JUST GO OFF DUTY AN HOUR AGO.

THEY'VE BEEN

SORE BEFORE.

GRAB THE PHONE:

AND ROUND THEM UP.

GET ME THE 28 CLUB.

McHENRY?

YEAH, HE'S HERE.

WAIT A MINUTE.

TELL THA POLE-CLIMBER HE'S WANTED ON THE PHONE.

ALL RIGHT.

Waiter:

OH, HEY! HEY! HUH?

YOU'RE WANTED

ON THE PHONE. OH.

WELL, I'LL BE

RIGHT BACK, BABY.

YOU KNOW, DANCING

WITH YOU IS LIKE WALKING ON CLOUDS.

THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK.

THOSE WERE MY FEET!

WHERE'S TWINKLE-TOES?

TO THE PHONE.

I'D LIKE TO

LAY YOU 3:
1

WE GOTTA GO:

AND STRING SOME WIRE.

GEE, BUT WE'RE JUS GETTING STARTED.

THERE'LL BE

OTHER NIGHTS, BABY.

NOT FOR ME,

THERE WON'T--

NOT WITH:

THAT JERK OF ALL TRADES.

WHAT'S WRONG

WITH YOU, SISTER?

HE'S WORN A PATH

RIGHT UP MY ANKLES.

ALL RIGHT.

JOHNNY,

WE GOTTA RUN.

BREAK ON:

THE TOPANGA LINE.

EVERY TIME THE SKY LEAKS,

THERE'S TROUBLE FOR US.

YOU DAMES WAIT HERE.

WE'LL BE BACK

IN AN HOUR OR SO.

AND SWEETIE, WE'LL

REALLY SHOW 'EM, EH?

YOU KNOW, JOHNNY,

THIS LITTLE MOUSE IS A TERRIFIC DANCER.

SHE'S JUST LIKE ME.

DANCING IS:

IN MY BLOOD.

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING

WRONG WITH YOUR CIRCULATION.

IT HASN'T GO DOWN TO YOUR FEET YET.

WHAT?

HERE YOU ARE, HONEY.

TAKE CARE OF THINGS.

WE'LL BE BACK.

THAT OUGHT TO:

HOLD YOU FOR A WHILE.

AND THERE'S MORE

WHERE THAT CAME FROM.

HEY, BABE,

DON'T I GE NO SEND-OFF?

OH, I'D BE GLAD

TO GIVE YOU A SEND-OFF,

BUT I'M NOT BIG ENOUGH.

WELL, WHAT'S GOOD

ENOUGH FOR JOHNNY IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

HEY!

GO AHEAD, HANK.

DIG IN!

HEY, YOU GO THIS PLACE ALL MIXED UP

WITH THE TUNNEL:

OF LOVE.

AW, DON'T BOTHER ME,

WILL YOU? HA HA!

WHAT? WHO ARE YOU SHOVING?

COME ON, HANK.

WHO ARE YOU SHOVING?

OH, IF THEY GAVE ME LIFE,

IT'D BE WORTH IT!

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Hank:
I WAS OU OF LINE, WASN'T I?

YEAH, WAY OUT!

I STILL CAN' UNDERSTAND

WHY I HAD TO:

THROTTLE THAT DAME TO MAKE HER KISS ME.

IT'S THE WAY

YOU MOVE IN.

YOU'RE WITH A DAME

TWO MINUTES,

AND SHE WANTS TO

BAT YOUR BRAINS OUT.

OH, I WOULDN' SAY THAT.

I'VE KNOWN

PLENTY OF DAMES:

THAT WENT COMPLETELY

DAFFY OVER ME.

OH, WHO ARE

YOU KIDDING?

EVERY TIME I'VE

SEEN YOU UP AT BAT, YOU STRIKE OUT.

BUT, YOU MUG,

EVEN IF THE DAMES DON'T LOVE YOU, I DO.

YEAH, WHAT'S THA GOING TO GET ME?

Man:
THE TWO DUDES!

HI, JOHNNY!

I'M NOT GONNA BEEF

ABOUT A LITTLE RAIN

BECAUSE, OH, BROTHER,

WAS IT HOT ON THAT TOWER JOB

IN THE VALLEY:

LAST SUMMER.

HOT? IT WAS SO HOT,

THEY HAD TO KEEP FEEDING THE CHICKENS

CRACKED ICE TO KEEP

THEM FROM LAYING HARD-BOILED EGGS.

STILL SLINGING IT,

HUH, JUMBO?

HOW ARE YOU, POP?

FINE, JOHNNY, VERY FINE.

BOY, THEY CERTAINLY

YANKED ME OUT OF A SWEET SPOT.

NOT THAT I:

WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWED OUT.

WHERE'D THEY

FIND YOU GUYS?

HANK HAD HIMSELF

A REAL HIGH-CLASS PIGEON. SHE WOULDN'T LET HIM GO.

THAT WASN'T THE COW

YOU WAS OUT WITH LAST NIGHT, WAS IT?

TWO MORE POUNDS:

ON THAT JANE...

AND THEY'LL MAKE HER

WEAR LICENSE PLATES.

WELL, YOU GUYS CAN

NEEDLE ME ALL YOU WANT,

BUT THAT DAME TONIGH WAS REALLY STACKED UP.

AND FURTHERMORE, AS SOON AS

WE FINISH THAT LINE-BREAK,

I'M GOING RIGHT BACK

TO THAT LITTLE MOUSE.

WELL, IF SHE'S

WAITING FOR YOU,

SHE MUST BE ONE OF

THE 3 BLIND MICE.

COME ON, YOU GUYS.

WHEN YOU AIN'T THINKING ABOUT DAMES,

YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT THEM.

WELL, GIVE US SOMETHING

BETTER TO TALK ABOUT!

COME ON!

Hank:
OW! I GO A SLOW LEAK IN MY BOOT!

Jumbo:
I'M WRITING

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!

AS I WAS TELLING YOU,

THAT DAME WAS SO THIN

THAT EVERY TIME SHE TOOK

A DRINK OF TOMATO JUICE,

SHE LOOKED LIKE:

A THERMOMETER.

UH-HUH.

I LIKE A DAME:

THAT'S BUILT LIKE

A HOT-WATER BOTTLE.

WELL, I WISH I WAS

HOME WITH A GOOD BOOK AND A BRUNETTE.

DON'T KID US.

YOU CAN'T READ.

THAT'S WHAT I SAY.

NO BRUNETTES FOR ME.

I'M STRICTLY A

BLONDE-OF-THE-MONTH-CLUB MAN.

NOW, HOW CAN

YOU FELLOWS JOKE

IF THIS VERY:

NIGHT ONE OF YOU

MAY BE GOING TO:

YOUR DEATH?

NOW, TAKE IT EASY, POP,

BEFORE YOU SHORT-CIRCUIT.

THAT'S

ALL RIGHT.

KID ME IF:

YOU WANT TO,

BUT THOSE WIRES,

I'VE FELT THEM-- YOU HAVEN'T.

THEY'RE AS

TREACHEROUS AS A SNAKE.

YOU'LL FIND OU LIKE I DID.

FORGET IT, POP.

THE WORS THAT HAPPENS,

THEY SEND YOU:

HOME IN A BOX.

AND EVERYBODY RATES THA SOONER OR LATER.

I'LL TAKE

LATER.

YEAH,

MUCH LATER.

WHY, 4 YEARS AGO,

WENT RIGHT STRAIGH THROUGH MY BODY.

NEXT DAY, I WAS

BACK ON THE POLE.

Hank:
YOU HAD

GO RIGHT STRAIGH THROUGH YOU AND NOTHING HAPPENED?

NOTHING EXCEPT, FOR A MONTH,

EVERY TIME I'D KISS MY WIFE,

HER EARS WOULD LIGHT UP.

[ALL GROANING]

COME ON, BOYS,

THROW ON YOUR HOOKS

AND GET UP:

THOSE POLES.

Pop:
CAN I SPEAK

TO YOU, JOHNNY?

SURE.

MY DAUGHTER'S GETTING

OUT OF JAIL NEXT WEEK. YEAH?

I WANT TO THANK YOU

FOR TALKING TO THE MAN FROM THE PAROLE BOARD.

AW, FORGET ABOUT IT.

THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR.

YOU'VE BEEN VERY KIND,

DOING THIS FOR A GIRL YOU'VE NEVER SEEN.

AND YOU'LL NEVER TELL

ANY OF THE OTHER BOYS ABOUT HER, WILL YOU?

DON'T WORRY

ABOUT IT, POP.

COME ON, POP,

GET THE RIGGING OUT.

YEAH.

HANK,

YOU AND JOHNNY:

UP THE EAST POLE.

JUMBO AND EDDIE!

YEAH?

YOU TAKE THE WEST.

AYE.

WE'RE GONNA SPLICE

THAT CENTER PHASE AND BAT ON A NEW ARM.

WATCH YOUR STEP, BOYS.

BOTH THOSE LOWER

CIRCUITS ARE HOTTER THAN A BLAST FURNACE!

I BET I CAN CLIMB

ONE OF THEM POLES.

SO CAN A MONKEY,

BUT WHAT COULD HE DO

AFTER HE GOT UP THERE?

AW!

I USED TO GO:

UP THE POLES.

YOU CAN'T TRUS HIGH-TENSION WIRE.

IT'S LIKE A COBRA.

IT STRIKES YOU DOWN

WITHOUT WARNING.

AW, THAT OLD GUY'S

STILL SO FULL OF JUICE

YOU COULD PLUG A RADIO

INTO HIM AND GET CHINA.

WHY DON'T YOU

LEAVE POP ALONE?

IF YOU TANGLED WITH

A HOT WIRE LIKE HE DID, YOU'D THINK ABOUT IT, TOO.

I DON'T CARE WHAT HE THINKS.

IT'S HIS TALK I DON'T LIKE.

COME ON,

LET'S GO UPSTAIRS.

WILL YOU SEE THAT GUY

CLIMBING THAT POLE!

HE LOOKS LIKE A WOODPECKER

CHASING A WORM.

YOU THINK HE'S FAST?

WHY, MY BROTHER

JOHNNY COULD RING THE FRONT DOORBELL,

THROW HIS HA UP IN THE AIR, RUN AROUND THE BACK,

THROUGH THE HOUSE,

OPEN THE DOOR,

CATCH THE HAT,

AND LET HIMSELF IN!

HA HA--

Foreman:
OK, JUMBO,

GET CLIMBING! OK.

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Richard Macaulay

Richard Macaulay (1909-1969) was an American screenwriter. He wrote a number of films with Jerry Wald while under contract to Warner Bros. He was a noted anti-Communist and was a member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. He testified to Congress in 1947 and gave names of writers in the Writers Guild who he believed were community.He was survived by a wife and two daughters. more…

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