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Romance in Manhattan (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  11 January 1935 (USA)
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Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

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Sylvia Dennis
Arthur Hohl ...
Halsey J. Pander
Jimmy Butler ...
Frank Dennis
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Officer Murphy
Helen Ware ...
Miss Anthrop
Eily Malyon ...
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Czechoslovakian immigrant Karel Novak fulfills his dream of coming to America only to learn at Ellis Island the entrance fee has been raised from $50 to $200. Unable to pay, he is put on a ship going back to Holland, but jumps off, swimming to Manhattan, and losing his wallet on shore. He is elated at what he sees, the skyscrapers, the automobiles and the opulence. While stealing doughnuts from a lunch table for girls rehearsing for a show, he befriends 19-year-old chorus girl, Sylvia Dennis, who then lets him sleep on the roof of her apartment building. Her young brother, Frank, gets him a job selling newspapers and he gradually works up into driving a cab. Meanwhile, romance blossoms, and when authorities threaten to send Frank to a young boys' home until Sylvia gets married, Karel proposes and Sylvia accepts. But the spectre of his illegal status causes him to see a lawyer about becoming a citizen. He unknowingly goes to shyster Halsey J. Pander, who turns him in for the money. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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11 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El embrujo de Manhattan  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Karel Novak: [Enthusiastically] Smell the river!
Sylvia Dennis: [Sarcastically] You take another deep breath like that, and you'll kill yourself.
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References Enemies of Society (1933) See more »

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After You've Gone
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer
Background music at the theater
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As good as It Happened One Night
19 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This gem should rightly be considered one of the era's best comedies. It's touching, funny, and filled with hope. Lederer is perfect as the young immigrant, in love with the ideals of America during the Great Depression. Rogers, only one year out of the chorus, is outstanding. While the sets are a bit too phony, and the traveling in traffic scenes are too obviously fake, the story, the acting, and the directing are uniformly outstanding.


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