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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  4 May 1934 (USA)
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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.

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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El enemigo público número 1  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the movie that bank robber John Dillinger had just seen before he was gunned down in front of Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. He had been set up by Anna Sage, the madam of a brothel, who knew Dillinger's girlfriend, Polly Hamilton. Sage was facing deportation and thought the tip might get her off. She told FBI agent Melvin Purvis that she would be wearing orange which appeared red, leading her to be dubbed "The Woman in Red". Dillinger was shot three times when he tried to escape, and Sage wound up being sent back to Romania. See more »

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Quotes

James W. 'Jim' Wade: And I'm not sure, maybe ideals have ceased to exist. Maybe they're outmoded like um
[pauses]
James W. 'Jim' Wade: oil lamps and horse cars. But they're mine, and I'm stuck with them.
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Happy Times
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
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Top-notch 'Melodrama'.
12 August 2009 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

There are already lots of comments about this one on the website but I just wanted to weigh in on it because I enjoyed it so much. I couldn't find a real flaw with the picture - Direction, acting, editing, photography, storyline all class A. Also couldn't find fault with the pacing.

I was particularly impressed by the stellar job turned in by William Powell, showing more depth and sensitivity than in most of his films, especially in the climactic scene. And could anyone but Clark Gable make you root for a bad guy the way he could? I felt this was a gripping and compelling film from start to finish.

I feel the picture is underrated and is better than the present 7 it has received. Also feel it was another 'miss' by Leonard Maltin, who misses from time to time.


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