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Manhattan Love Song (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 30 April 1934 (USA)
After having been swindled out of all their money by a crooked business manager, formerly wealthy socialites Jerry and Carol discover that they owe their chauffeur and maid back wages they ... See full summary »

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Dixie Lee ...
Geraldine Stewart
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Annette
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Garrett Wetherby
Cecil Cunningham ...
Pancake Annie Jones
Harold Waldridge ...
Phineas Jones
Helen Flint ...
Carol Stewart
Herman Bing ...
Gustave
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Kenbrook
Emmett Vogan ...
Doctor
Harrison Greene ...
Joe Thomas
Edward Dean ...
Sam
Nick Copeland ...
Al Kingston
Tom Ricketts ...
Rich Man
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Employment Agent
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After having been swindled out of all their money by a crooked business manager, formerly wealthy socialites Jerry and Carol discover that they owe their chauffeur and maid back wages they are unable to pay. They're forced to let their former employees live in their luxury apartment in lieu of paying the money they owe them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Lição da Vida  »

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First film of Emmett Vogan as a doctor. He was to play the same role in forty more films. See more »


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A Little Shack on Fifth Avenue
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Words by David Silverstein
Music by Edward Ward and Bernie Grossman
Sung by Dixie Lee
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While the acting isn't bad, the film has no energy or laughs.
23 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This DVD is typical of one from Alpha Video--the print is lousy and has no captioning or special features (other than adds for more DVDs from Alpha). I mention this because it looks as if they took a badly degraded videotape and transferred it directly to DVD.

"Manhattan Love Song" is a film from Monogram Studios--a small-budget production company that usually made B-movies. While "Manhattan Love Song" looks like a B and had mostly small-time talent, it clocks in at 73 minutes--too long to be a B. Maybe it's a 'B+'! The film begins with a scene about fan dances that really seems to have nothing to do with the film and it's just an excuse to titillate. However, later in the movie this plot element is revisited. Then, the actual plot begins. A couple rich sisters (one of whom was inexplicably the stripper in the opening scene) have just found out that their financial planner has stolen all their money. Unable to pay a couple of their servants their back wages, they agree to let the pair stay in their home rent-free to make up for this pay. But, it is a bit rough at first, as these two society swells expect their old servants to behave like servants--but considering they're no longer paying them, this doesn't last. A variety of minor adventures (including one more striptease) occur--leading up to the finale where the two sisters regain their financial footing.

Considering the plot, you'd expect these to be a comedy--b there really wasn't much that was funny about this film. In fact, given its plot, it's surprising how flat all this is--very, very flat and a mite dull. The writing and direction are very poor. About the only interesting thing is seeing Dixie Lee--who was the real-life Mrs. Bing Crosby.


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