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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated  |   |  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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In the close up of the newspaper announcing Jim as the new D.A., in the upper right corner, the newspaper is being sold for "Five Cens". See more »

Quotes

Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: Die the way you lived, all of a sudden, that's the way to go. Don't drag it out.
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Long, Long Ago
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Two toughs from the Lower East Side - Gable's a Gangster, Powell's the Governor, and Loy loves them both!
13 August 1998 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"Melodrama" is right.

Inside the first eight minutes we've got a ship disaster, a communist riot, and a pre-teen Mickey Rooney loses two sets of parents!

This isn't one to watch for the tight plotting or realism. Watch this for the spectacular cast. Powell is dapper and urbane. Gable is dangerous and charming. Loy knock's em dead. Mickey Rooney is a riot as the young Gable.

By the way - This is the movie John Dillinger was walking out of when he was gunned down by the police.

Also of note : You'll immediately say "Oh - it's that guy," when Nat Pendelton shows up as Spud. He played either a cop or crook in half the gangster pictures ever made.


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