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Watching it now on TCM (thanks, TCM!), loving it - what a great star vehicle! What I am enjoying most is a story so strong that it would be recycled to death by hoary cliche, but here is presented so freshly and without irony that it won the Oscar for Best Original Story - the blonde bimbo is named Tootsie! Gorgeous MGM production with stars directed at their peak and beautifully filmed as well. Loy & Powell's 1st film together, their rapport appears so casual and spontaneous that it's easy to understand their dozen plus films that would follow, as well as their life long friendship. Watch their kiss goodnight (not!), played so lightly, but as soon as they part Loy's entire demeanor changes, she knows Powell has changed her world - on & off screen! For the record this is pre-Production Code, as was the later Thin Man, dialogue proves it - Nick Charles couldn't have been shot in the tabloids after 1934!
- kevin sellers
When a film's sole claim to fame is that a scumbag gangster spent his last waking hour on Earth watching it then you know you're in the land of mediocrity and indeed, except for a few good one liners from scenarists Oliver Garret and Joseph L. Mankewiecz, and the sexy charm of Myrna Loy, (this, despite being Hays Officed almost to death) that's pretty much where this movie lives. Solid C.
Great William Powell Movie
Myrna & Bill show they were serious actors.Gable is a gangster who does a good deed to help get his childhood pal elected,then does the honorable thing to try to protect his career.Great drama,very worthy of putting our Nick & Nora in the well-deserving ranks of all-time best.
- floyd tinsley
All of the docuementaries about Dillinger mention "Manhattan Melowdrama. But they must not have watched the movie. Because they never mention that one scene refferenced the famous Dillinger scene, where he put his arm on the schoulder of the "DA". Clark Gable is told to hug the "DA", but the "DA" is cautioned, " remember what happened to that guy in Indiana. ( the photo of Dillinger hugging the "DA" created an uproar and the "DA" lost his next election. Look for that scene near the end of the movie. And if your a film maker do your home work.
the classic gangster movie
- george snedkewr
the classic gangster movie of the boyhood pals who grow up one good,one bad maybe cliched to modern eyes this movie set the standard.oscar winner for best story and the first teaming of powell and loy but gable is great as blackie a wonderful depression era movie and has it's place in history has the movie that got dillinger.
Social Impact of Manhattan Melodrama
- Stan daMann
This is one of the great movies of the early years of Hollywood.I have been told, heard, and/or read that this movie solidified the anti-capital punishment opinion in the United States, because nobody felt that Clark Gable should be condemned to death. The Catholic Church was very influential in the movie business from 1930-1960, and they have opposed capital punishment from at least the 1930s, and still oppose it today.Of course, now in the United States, the majority are in favor of capital punishment, and no politician will speak against it, in fear of being perceived as "soft on crime". The rest of the "first world" is all opposed to capital punishment.
- Patti De Leon
I always thought that I had seen it. I had seen most of the movies by Loy & Powell. Today, I watched the whole film and realised that I had not seen it. It was spectacular! The acting by all was riveting and moving. I loved the scene with trostky, the singer at the Cotton Club, and the frequent reference to "prohibition". It was entertaining as well as educational. A wonderful view into the 20's and 30's.Loved it!
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
- James Higgins
The plot is very familiar, but keep in mind, in 1934 it was not an often used one, and it is rarely done as well as in Manhattan Melodrama. You can't beat the terrific cast - Myrna Loy, William Powell, Clark Gable, even Mickey Rooney in a small early role. The usual top notch MGM production, excellent screenplay, great score. A wonderful film. Interesting trivia, this is the movie John Dillinger was watching on the night he was killed exiting the theater.
Am I imagining this?
- Tom Range, Sr
I could swear that a version of 'Manhattan Melodrama' portrays the use of fire hoses in quelling a demonstration of (presumably) socialists after the scene in which mounted police club down participants in the "Trotsky" debate.Am I correct that this scene was in the original film but was censored in subsequent releases?
Excellent Film Addition to the Gangster Genre!
- Marilyn Young
I have not seen this film yet, but over the years its connection to the infamous John Dillinger makes it quite appealing. I might add that in the recent gangster film directed by Michael Mann "Public Enemies" with Johnnny Depp ( which pays homage to the great gangster films from Public Enemy to Bonny and Clyde) with great music from that period, there contains a substancial footage of this film, as according to real life events it was the last film Dillenger would ever see. Thanks Marilyn Young
This is a wonderful movie with a bit of historical trivia as an interesting twist. As he & the lady in a red dress, exited a New York showing of this movie, the infamous bank robber, John Dillinger, was gunned down by the Feds. The red dress lady had set him up by informing the feds that she would be with him, "wearing a red dress".Also, in a setting likened to the Cotten Club, Shirley Ross sings "Blue Moon" with previous lyrics & title "The Bad in Every Man".Gable, Powell, & Loy give oustanding performances - Mickey Rooney plays Gable as a child.
Manhattan Melodrama - Top Notch
- Movie Fan
A very entertaining film with Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy. The three are at the top of their game in this film. This movie is a must see and should be released on DVD!!!