Other Men's Women

Film

Time Out says

Reminiscent of Renoir's La Bête Humaine (and not shamed by the comparison), this kicks off as fast, fluid, wisecracking comedy, then unexpectedly turns into a touching little tragedy about three people caught up in an unhappy triangle. The outcome is familiar, even conventional, with one rival being heroic and the other outdoing him; but the treatment is so rooted in reality and the acting so good (a bizarre trio of Astor, Withers and Toomey) that the result is a small masterpiece. Above all it is a film to be revelled in for its documentary detail: the sleepy little town with its quiet suburbia, its grimy hash-joint and steamy dance hall (where Cagney, in a supporting role, has a characteristically marvellous moment), and its vast, smoky complex of railway lines, shunting yards and railway sheds, always a major character in the film and swelling to malevolent proportions for the dark, rain-soaked finale.

Details

Release details

Duration:
70 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
William Wellman
Screenwriter:
Maude Fulton, William K Wells
Cast:
Grant Withers
Mary Astor
Regis Toomey
James Cagney
Joan Blondell