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Director:
Writers:
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play) and
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
4 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Blackie Gallagher

William Powell ... Jim Wade

Myrna Loy ... Eleanor
Leo Carrillo ... Father Joe

Nat Pendleton ... Spud
George Sidney ... Poppa Rosen

Isabel Jewell ... Annabelle
Muriel Evans ... Tootsie Malone
Thomas E. Jackson ... Richard Snow (as Thomas Jackson)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Adams (as Claudelle Kaye)
Frank Conroy ... Defense Attorney
Noel Madison ... Manny Arnold
Jimmy Butler ... Jim as a Boy

Mickey Rooney ... Blackie as a Boy
Shirley Ross ... Singer in Cotton Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Apfel ... Speaker of Assembly (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
William Augustin ... Detective (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Al Barnes - Croupier (uncredited)
Curtis Benton ... Announcer (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective in Court (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Killer in Prison (uncredited)
James Curtis ... Party Leader (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Otto - German Dancer on Steamship (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ... Panhandler (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Boy in Prison (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Eleanor's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Spud as a Boy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Craps Dealer (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Warden of Sing Sing (uncredited)

George Irving ... Jim's Campaign Manager (uncredited)
William Irving ... German Note Holder (uncredited)
Jimmy James ... Chemin de Fer Dealer (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Small Boy on Street (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Trotskyite Slapping Poppa Rosen (uncredited)
Leo Lance ... Leon Trotsky (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Uncle Angus (uncredited)
Dixie Lotten ... Irish Woman Talking with Poppa Rosen (uncredited)
John Marston ... Mr. Coates - Gambler Losing Yacht (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Black Prisoner on Death Row (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... One of Blackie's Hoods (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Policeman in Court (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Croupier (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Black Man in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Trotsky Heckler (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Leslie Preston ... Jim's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Bert Russell ... Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Piano Player in Casino (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Policeman (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Jewish Woman (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Racetrack Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Bert Sprotte ... German Note Holder (uncredited)
William Stack ... Judge (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Inspector of Police (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Police Intern (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Street Spectator (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Yacht Capt. Swenson (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
W.R. Walsh ... Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
George Cukor (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play) and
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play)

Arthur Caesar (from an original story by)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lesley Selander .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Joseph C. Wright .... associate art director (as Joseph Wright)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William Axt .... synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
W. Donn Hayes .... supervising editor: musical sequences (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
G. Pat Collins .... voice (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | USA:90 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3213-R, 16 March 1937 for re-release)

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This is probably the only major film to offer a fairly accurate re-creation of the General Slocum disaster. The popular excursion steamer caught fire in New York's East River on the morning of June 15, 1904, while transporting passengers to a picnic organized by St. Mark's Evangelical German Lutheran Church (Lower East Side, Manhattan). At an estimated 1,021 fatalities, mostly women and children, this was New York City's single worst tragedy, in terms of lives lost, before 9/11. An incompetent, inexperienced crew was held primarily to blame for the tragedy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Snow enters the men's room at Madison Square Garden, we see him enter the room and subsequently begin to close the door. In the next shot, showing him reflected in the mirrors above the basin, he is once again in the act of walking through the door.See more »
Quotes:
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher:You better cross yourself, Manny, and make it double, because this is once you doubled-crossed yourself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Real Untouchables (2001) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
What's the Matter With FatherSee more »

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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Cutting no corners, 13 July 2004
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

'Manhattan Melodrama' may not have the stylistic finish to it to make it a great message movie about contemporary 30s issues, but it does go a long way towards that end, and is never less than engaging.

Clark Gable is the happy-go-lucky gangster Blackie who is being tried for murder by his boyhood best friend Jim, William Powell, a D.A. who has made it to governor of New York because of a murder done by Blackie, unbeknownst to Jim. On top of it all they both love the same woman, Myrna Loy.

Despite its melodramatic but never overwrought style 'Manhattan Melodrama' has sufficient weight and substance to make itself heard 70 years after the fact. It cuts no convenient corners in the description of the governor's sad plight of having to decide whether his friend should live or die, and it paints a wonderful and believable picture of Loy's character who does what she deems best. Powell delivers a multi-layered performance that has to count amongst his best, and Gable is irrepressible and delightfully amoral as the bad guy we're all rooting for.

Recommended, but please don't judge it by the first 20 minutes which are rather slow-moving, but still entertaining.

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