MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,480 this week

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  4 May 1934 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 2,357 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 20 critic

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:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

DVD Review: Public Enemies
| HeyUGuys.co.uk
What "Inglourious Basterds" Owes to History
| ifc.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 06 Feb 2011
 
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 18 Mar 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Manhattan Melodrama (1934) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Manhattan Melodrama.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon
Libeled Lady (1936)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy
China Seas (1935)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery
The Thin Man (1934)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan
Hold Your Man (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable
Test Pilot (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins
Red Dust (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two sisters of differing temperaments, the younger's milquetoast fiancé, and a free spirited artist in an auto trailer have romantic complications in this screwball comedy.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Rice
Love Crazy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Leo Carrillo ...
...
George Sidney ...
...
Muriel Evans ...
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Richard Snow (as Thomas Jackson)
Isabelle Keith ...
Miss Adams (as Claudelle Kaye)
Frank Conroy ...
Noel Madison ...
Jimmy Butler ...
Jim as a Boy
...
Blackie as a Boy
Shirley Ross ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El enemigo público número 1  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After John Dillinger was killed, William Randolph Hearst had the statement "A Cosmopolitan Production" removed from the credits of all prints; instead, Selznick's and Van Dyke's credits are repeated from the following card--thus their names appear twice in a row. The print in the Turner library is of this version. See more »

Goofs

When having breakfast in bed, the phone on the nightstand rings, and Eleanor moves to answer it. It the next shot her hands are not in the same position, and she has to reach out again to answer the phone. See more »

Quotes

James W. 'Jim' Wade: I'm going to clean out every rotten spot I can find in this city, and, Blackie, I don't want to find you in any of them!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A fascinatingly unusual drama
21 March 2001 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Well, unusual for me. Perhaps at the time, the circumstances, what have you, it was not so unusual. But for me, watching Clark Gable portray a happy-go-lucky double murderer, who garners tons of sympathy from the audience; it was a first.

Manhattan Melodrama is a film of dubious and rather interesting morals. Who's the hero? Who's the villain? Childhood friends Jim and Blackie grow up very different men, Jim becomes DA of New York City, while Blackie runs a casino, and performs other unsavory activities. Eventually, their positions force them into conflict, but it's not your typical run-of-the-mill courtroom drama.

Blackie in most films would be a villain, he is after all a gangster and a murderer, amongst other activities. But here he's played by Clark Gable, about as charming an actor as ever lived, and the movie takes place in the 1930s, when gangster pictures like Little Caesar elevated these types of men into hero roles.

The picture makes a very blatant message against the heroic vision of gangsters (In a speech by Jim that feels as if the men who controlled the Production Code were standing off screen holding the cue cards for him). But I couldn't help feeling sympathy for the character, after the evil deeds he did. Meanwhile Jim, a hardworking individual who is uncorruptable, comes off as "cold" by the end of the picture. The way this movie sidesteps conventional roles is really interesting.

The lead woman in the picture, Eleanor, is rather interesting too. Watch how she jumps back and forth and between the men, and for what reasons.

I don't fully understand this movie, and it's not one of the most exciting films I've ever seen, but it's one of the most interesting ones I've seen in quite a while.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
John Dillinger's last moments Charlie_Kane
missing dialogue? corriganville
Oh, Pancho dgave
Never Knew 'The Bad in Every Man' till Now! Schmoozette
This movie is 80 years old! bcoaggiemom09
"Catholic, Protestant, Jes - what does it matter now?" butaneggbert
Discuss Manhattan Melodrama (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?