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|MY MAN AND I (director: William A. Wellman; screenwriters: John Fante/Jack Leonard; cinematographer: William C. Mellor; editor: John D. Dunning; music: David Buttolph; cast: Shelley Winters (Nancy), Ricardo Montalban (Chu Chu Ramirez), Wendell Corey (Ansel Ames), Claire Trevor (Mrs. Ansel Ames), Jack Elam (Celestino Garcia), George Chandler (Frankie, bartender); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Stephen Ames; MGM; 1952)|
|"It's a well-made drama that unfortunately
is never interesting or as spicy as it's expected to be."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Wellman ("Wings"/"A Star is Born"/"Battleground") directs this
low-budget simplistic love story about a saintly Mexican migrant worker
who is so proud he just became an American citizen and has in his
possession a letter from the president that came with his citizen
papers. He is always optimistic despite his dire circumstances. The
worker fights to get self-educated and be treated with dignity, as he
struggles to maintain his good nature despite so many weak people
around him. Writers John
Fante and Jack Leonard keep all the white Americans as cheats, losers
and whores. It's a well-made drama that unfortunately is never
interesting or as spicy as it's expected to be.
Mexican-born new United States citizen Chu-Chu
Ramirez (Ricardo Montalban), an itinerant migrant farm worker in California, is determined to make
something of himself and improve his lot in
After working the grape crop, he
gets a job for a month clearing land on a tractor for surly farmer
Ansel Ames (Wendell Corey). At the local bar he meets the
impoverished alcoholic Nancy (Shelley Winters) and gives her $20 to help
her get back on her feet. Meanwhile Ames becomes increasingly jealous
that Ramirez attracts his untrustworthy embittered wife (Claire
Trevor). When shot in the shoulder in an accident, Ames falsely accuses
his work-hand of attempted murder. The dramatics revolve around how Ames and
his wife are forced into telling about what really happened and how the
suicidal Nancy cements her love for Ramirez.
REVIEWED ON 7/12/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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