Whenever Warner Bros. needed a serviceable vehicle for some of their tough leading men, the powers that be trotted out the old wheeze about a couple of blue-collar workers -- sometimes they were brothers, sometimes best buddies -- fighting over the same dame. The titles changed -- Other Men's Women (1931), Tiger Shark (1932), Slim (1937) -- but the eventual outcome stayed the same. Raoul Walsh inherited the plot, now called Manpower, in 1941 and apparently had a whale of a time keeping Edward G. Robinson and George Raft from carrying it into real life. The main reason for the two stars' very public animosity toward each other, according to a photographer from Life who was present on the set, was the alluring presence of Marlene Dietrich. All this, of course, is neither here nor there for a modern audience who can only marvel over the fact that Fraulein Dietrich manages to keep her powder dry in the midst of a torrential downpour. Not only that, the German diva gets away with playing a down-on-her-luck American floozy without anyone questioning that Teutonic accent. Even when miscast, however, the lady is always an interesting spectacle no matter how inconsequential the surroundings.
by Hans J. Wollstein review