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What is so pre-code about "Man's Castle"?


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You'll see that a lot in Depression-set films. Men always acting tough which I figured was to compensate for the fact that they couldn't even support themselves (which was a blow to their masculine pride). You'll also see that they never follow through on their threats and try to take care of the women they're with.


Homeless men were not often tolerated in towns which is why they were always traveling, and having a woman with them wasn't a very good idea. A film like Heroes For Sale showed the hobo camps and how the men got run out of town a lot more realistically.


One difference between today's homeless and the homeless of the Depression is that many of today's homeless are mentally ill, and in the old days that meant immediate institutionalization. Not that the others today look like Tracy and Young, either.

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