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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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A fascinatingly unusual drama See more (33 total) »

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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Trivia:
This is the first of 14 pairings of Myrna Loy and William Powell and the first of three movies they would make together in 1934.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Eleanor Packer:[to the priest] It must be nice in jail, with you there.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Public Enemies (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gaudeamus IgiturSee more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A fascinatingly unusual drama, 21 March 2001
Author: Mr. Pulse from Syracuse, NY

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.

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