Her Man Day Thread

Her Man Day Thread (September 7, 2023)

The Film Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history, and coming up next week is the chance to enjoy the 1930 Pre-Code film, Her Man!

Her Man (1930)

HER MAN begins at a seedy Havana dancehall, where Frankie (Helen Twelvetrees) plies her trade as a showgirl and con artist, stealing the wallets of drunk patrons. Working alongside her is Johnnie (Ricardo Cortez), her brutish lover who doesn’t shy away from using blackmail and physical force to keep her in line. When Frankie falls in love with a sailor on holiday, she sees it as an opportunity to start a new life. Her only roadblock to happiness is Johnnie, as he and his dancehall gang set out to stop her in the film’s thrilling climax, which is one of the most technically astounding set pieces of its time.

Filled with a frank sexuality and dark themes, HER MAN is an excellent example of the complexity and diversity of pre–Code American cinema, which would end in 1934 with the adoption of the prohibitive Hays Code. Star Helen Twelvetrees shines in her breakout performance as Frankie, giving depth and a feminist bent to a role in which she would be pigeonholed for the rest of her career. Critically acclaimed upon its release, HER MAN remains influential as one of the first sound pictures to reach the same artistic heights as the most iconic films of the silent era.

Helen Twelvetrees

Sounds pretty damn good! Why not sign up to watch it on demand, or with live commentary in the chat on Monday, Sept 11th at 7pm Eastern.

Anyway, have a fair day and be kind!