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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 May 1934 (USA)
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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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>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El enemigo público número 1  »

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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The boat scene at the beginning features Vernon Dent as Otto the German Dancer, and Dorothy Vernon as a Boat Passenger. Both of them traced their careers back to silent screen comedies and were later regulars in the Three Stooges shorts. See more »

Goofs

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

Eleanor Packer: Now, now Blackie, Blackie don't do anything foolish!... Blackie?
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: [Chuckles] Did I ever do anything foolish?
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Soundtracks

What's the Matter With Father
(1910) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Harry Williams
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played aboard the steamboat in the first scene
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Superior Drama - Fine Acting - Gable!!
1 August 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Excellent performances and direction combine with an exemplary script. Like all good fables, this story runs far deeper than its apparently simple premise. The same can be said of the fine acting from all players. The film explores the notion of nobility from highly contrasted perspectives and it offers plenty to discuss beyond the closing credits. Well worth catching!


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