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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 May 1934 (USA)
The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Blackie Gallagher
William Powell ... Jim Wade
Myrna Loy ... Eleanor
Leo Carrillo ... Father Joe
Nat Pendleton ... Spud
George Sidney ... Poppa Rosen
Isabel Jewell ... Annabelle
Muriel Evans ... Tootsie Malone
Thomas E. Jackson ... Richard Snow (as Thomas Jackson)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Adams (as Claudelle Kaye)
Frank Conroy ... Defense Attorney
Noel Madison ... Manny Arnold
Jimmy Butler ... Jim - as a Boy
Mickey Rooney ... Blackie - as a Boy
Shirley Ross ... Singer in Cotton Club
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Orphans Edward "Blackie" Gallagher and Jim Wade are lifelong friends who take different paths in life. Blackie thrives on gambling and grows up to be a hard-nosed racketeer. Bookworm Wade becomes a D.A. vying for the Governorship. When Blackie's girlfriend Eleanor leaves him and marries the more down to earth Wade, Blackie harbors no resentment. In fact, their friendship is so strong that Blackie murders an attorney threatening to derail Wade's bid to become Governor. The morally straight Wade's last job as D.A. is to convict his friend of the murder, and send him to the electric chair. After he becomes Governor, Wade has the authority to commute Blackie's death sentence-- a decision that pits his high moral ethics against a lifelong friendship. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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RECKLESS with WOMEN...He pursued them ..."petted" them...promised them nothing and got away with everything! (Print Ad-Gettysburg Times, ((Gettysburg, Penna.)) 6 July 1934)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gallagher and Wade meet up at the boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo. This bout took place on September 14, 1923. Firpo, from Argentina, was the first Latin American to challenge for the heavyweight title. Firpo was knocked down seven times in the first round, then let loose a combination punch that sent Dempsey out of the ring. Thanks to the extended 20-second count when a fighter is knocked through the ropes, Dempsey was helped back into the ring and eventually knocked out Firpo in the second round. The fight has been regarded by many as one of the greatest ever. See more »

Goofs

In the 1920 and 1923 and 1925 and 1930 sequences, all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly from 1934. See more »

Quotes

Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: Well I'm not dressed for company!
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Connections

Referenced in Baby, Take a Bow (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Comrades
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Written by Tom Costello and Felix McGlennon
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Quite a movie
25 October 2003 | by Jessica-65See all my reviews

They didn't name this "Manhatten *Melodrama* for nothing - it's classic melodrama! If you can get past the first fifteen minutes or so, what saves this film is the three leads: William Powell, Clark Gable, and Myrna Loy. As a Myrna Loy/William Powell fan, I love the whole scene from their first meeting, as she flings herself into his taxi, and he thinks she is out to wreck his career by pretending he assaulted her! Clark Gable is great as the charming bad guy, too. Of course, in this story about unpunished crime vs. betraying a friend, nobody ever considers the third way, but then it wouldn't be a melodrama anymore, would it? Anyway, if you enjoy golden oldies or any of the three main actors, it's worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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