Misleading and Misguided
Wonderful performances aside, this film was nothing more than a leftist screed for Unions. The typical storylines are all there: Evil bosses; Heroic workers; Benevolent, Christ-like organizer; Triumph of the little guy....etc.
What the story doesn't bother to cover is the aftermath. How long after Reuben skipped bak up to Brooklyn to enjoy a "Nathan's" hotdog were there layoffs at the plant? How long after that was the plant closed? In the end, were those workers really better off, or did the union just give them false hope while increasing dues incomes?
Show this film to a bunch of Chinese textile workers TODAY, and they'd likely think it was a comedy! "You mean these workers actually had their own automobiles?" "These people sure had a lot of food to eat!" Now take out the word "textile" and insert "auto."
Guess what? Many unions are corrupt fronts for organized crime. Many workers are lazy. Many jobs involve unpleasant working conditions. Many company owners really to care about their workers. Those that work hard deserve more reward than those that don't.
The struggle of the heroic worker is not the ONLY narrative of the American story.