Man to Man (1930 film)

Man to Man is an all-talking American pre-Code drama film produced by Warner Bros. in 1930. The film was directed by Allan Dwan and stars Phillips Holmes. The film is based on the story "Barber John's Boy" by Ben Ames Williams.[1]

Man to Man
Directed byAllan Dwan
Written byJoseph Jackson
Based on"Barber John's Boy"
by Ben Ames Williams
StarringPhillips Holmes
Grant Mitchell
Lucille Powers
Otis Harlan
Dwight Frye
Music byErno Rapee
Louis Silvers
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byGeorge Marks
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 6, 1930 (1930-12-06)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States


Phillips Holmes plays as the son of a barber, played by Grant Mitchell, who killed a man who had murdered his brother. Holmes, who is ashamed at being the son of a murderer, is working at a bank when his father is paroled. Although Mitchell is eager to establish a relationship with his son, Holmes wants nothing to do with his father. Feeling that people are judging him because of his father, Holmes decides to leave town and take his girl friend, played by Lucille Powers, with him. There is only one problem, Holmes needs to make some money quickly in order to marry Powers. Dwight Frye, who works at the same bank as Holmes, is also in love with Powers and figures out a way to prevent Holmes from taking her. Frye steals two thousand dollars from Holmes' drawer so that he will be accused of stealing money. When Holmes realizes that two thousand dollars is missing from his drawer he assumes his father has stolen the money as he visited him at the bank earlier in the day. This leads Holmes to confess to stealing the money to prevent his dad from going to prison. At the same time, his father confesses to stealing the money to prevent Holmes from going to prison. Powers, who suspects that Frye has stolen the money, tricks him into confessing his crime and father and son are happily reunited.



The film survives complete and has been released by Warner Archive on DVD. A print has also been preserved at the Library of Congress since the 1970s.[2]


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..Man to Man
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.111 c.1978 the American Film Institute

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