The Man I Love

Photo montage of Andrea King, Robert Alda, and Ida Lupino starring in "The Man I Love." Warner Bros., 1947.

Andrea King, Robert Alda, and Ida Lupino starring in “The Man I Love.” Warner Bros., 1947.

“The Man I Love” from 1947 marks the first time Andrea was billed above the title of a motion picture at Warner Bros. The modern drama, directed by Raoul Walsh, also starred Ida Lupino as the story’s central character, and Robert Alda as Nicky Toresca, a nightclub owner. Featured in strong supporting roles were Warners regulars Bruce Bennett, Don McGuire, Alan Hale, Dolores Moran, Martha Vickers, John Ridgely, Warren Douglas and Craig Stevens.

Andrea stars as Sally Otis, kid sister to Petey Brown (Ida Lupino). Petey is a night club singer who decides to take a long-overdue break from the lush life to visit Sally and her two other siblings in Long Beach, California, during the holidays. When Petey arrives she finds sadness and upheaval. Sally has been doing the best she can to raise her young son while holding the family together with her “apron strings,” but it’s clear to Petey she is going to have to stay a while with Sally to help straighten things out.