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Other Men's Women Reviews

The working title for this film was "The Steel Highway," which was a much better designation for what the story was about, but someone at the studio must have felt that the misleading title of OTHER MEN'S WOMEN would bring in the customers. It's another one of Warner Brothers' proletariat pictures about the average Joe and the problems of being a blue-collar man. Toomey is a railroad engineer happily married to Astor. Toomey's pal, fireman Withers, needs a place to stay and the couple allow him to take up residence with them--a mistake. Astor and Withers are soon making eyes at each other behind Toomey's back. It doesn't take too much time for Toomey to see their mutual attraction and Withers decides it might be better to find accommodations elsewhere. The two men go on a train ride together and begin to quarrel. That erupts into a physical conflict and Toomey falls out of the engine and is injured badly. He loses his vision due to the skirmish and Withers appears ready to move in on Astor, but he is shocked to see that she dearly loves Toomey and will stay by him forever. A huge rainstorm is followed by torrential floods in the area and a railroad bridge is in danger of being swept away by the roiling tides. Withers reckons that the only way to keep the bridge from going down is to add weight to it, so he decides to take a train and stall it on the bridge until the raging waters recede. Toomey leaps aboard the train and blindly tosses Withers off; then he pilots the engine to the bridge and his ultimate demise as the train crashes through the water-soaked span. James Hall and Marian Nixon were to have played the Toomey and Astor roles but were replaced just prior to shooting. Cagney, who was appearing in his third film (the others were SINNER'S HOLIDAY and DOORWAY TO HELL) didn't have much to do and was still a film away from the movie that made him a star, THE PUBLIC ENEMY. Blondell, who had also played in SINNER'S HOLIDAY, was in her seventh movie in less that 18 months, but neither she nor Cagney played an important role in this programmer. Good action sequences by Wellman and the picture only bogs down when the triangular love interest is featured.