Man Alive (1945 film)

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Man Alive
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Robert Fellows
Written by Edwin Blum
Story by John Tucker Battle
Jerome Cady
Starring Pat O'Brien
Adolphe Menjou
Ellen Drew
Rudy Vallée
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Frank Redman
Edited by Marvin Coil
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 16, 1945 (1945-11-16) (U.S.[1])
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $738,000[2]

Man Alive is a 1945 romantic comedy film directed by Ray Enright and starring Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Ellen Drew and Rudy Vallée.


Successful businessman Michael O'Flaherty "Speed" McBride (Pat O'Brien) is knocked out when a tramp he picked up drives his car into a river. Speed is rescued by a passing showboat. Meanwhile, the dead tramp is mistaken for Speed. Speed is eager to clear up the misidentification, but Kismet (Adolphe Menjou), a member of the crew, talks him into postponing that revelation. Speed has revealed that he is having marital problems with his wife Connie (Ellen Drew). Kismet convinces him to pretend to be a ghost to persuade Connie to get rid of a romantic rival, Gordon Tolliver (Rudy Vallée), Connie's old admirer. Comic hijinks ensue, but in the end, Connie realizes she still loves Speed.



  1. ^ "Man Alive: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p206

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