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Manhattan Parade (1931)

 -  Comedy  -  10 January 1932 (USA)
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The fortunes of a Broadway costume company rise and fall depending on who is running it, and whether its clients' shows succeed or not.



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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Doris Roberts
Charles Butterworth ...
Herbert T. Herbert
Joe Smith ...
Lou Delman (as Smith)
Charles Dale ...
Jake Delman (as Dale)
Junior Roberts
Bobby Watson ...
Frank Conroy ...
Bill Brighton
Walter Miller ...
John Roberts
Mae Madison ...
Woman in Charge of Fitting
Polly Walters ...
Telephone Girl
Luis Alberni ...
Vassily Vassiloff
Greta Granstedt ...
Charlotte Evans


The John Roberts Costume Company is being run super-efficiently by Doris Roberts, but her husband demands that she give up her position to stay at home with their young son. Without her wheeling and dealing skills the company starts to lose money and when John leaves for Europe on a tryst, Doris returns to save the firm. Hooking up with an obviously disturbed producer and a pair of theatrical backers, the costume company seems to be on the road to riches again when John returns and wants his share of the profits. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Beacon is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but she did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »


References The Silent Enemy (1930) See more »


Temporarily Blue
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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The Original "Producers"?
20 June 2007 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Could Mel Brooks have seen this before he wrote his screenplay for "The Producers"? The two films sure have a lot in common. Unfortunately, "Manhattan Parade" is a shout-fest -- apparently, the movie director didn't trust the microphones to pick up normal conversations, and when the movie was converted from its live stage form, nobody told the actors to stop playing to the balcony. So much is screamed it becomes tiresome quickly. If only the lines were memorable enough to be screamed.

But I liked the moxieness of the wife, the elegant solutions of the research director, and, yeah, the limp-wristed gayness of the artistic director, a walking dictionary of practically every gay cliché there is. All of this stuff became impossible once the Code kicked in, so the movie does have its interests, if perhaps mainly for film and cultural historians.

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