6.9/10
1,383
30 user 10 critic

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 October 1938 (USA)
When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (story)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy.

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Glenda Farrell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Herbert Marshall, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A jealous and insecure newlywed man interferes with his wife's medical work in order to prevent her from seeing attractive male patients.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Edgar Buchanan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A polo player's wife becomes the mystery woman in a Long Island horsy-set murder trial.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Genevieve Tobin
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A vain playboy puts strains his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite allows himself be be seduced by a former girlfriend.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray
Annie Oakley (1935)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas
Shopworn (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A poor but honest and hardworking waitress from way across the tracks meets and falls in love with a college student from the upper-stuffy class, but the Mama of the intended objects to the... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, Zasu Pitts
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Struggling artist Geoffrey Carroll meets Sally whilst on holiday in the country. A romance develops but he doesn't tell her he's already married. Suffering from mental illness, Geoffrey ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sam Levene ...
Lieutenant Brent
Frances Mercer ...
Helen Frayne
Stanley Ridges ...
Edward Norris
Whitney Bourne ...
Pat James
Vickie Lester ...
Kit Beverly (as Vicki Lester)
Ann Evers ...
Lee Wilson
Catherine O'Quinn ...
Dora Fenton
Linda Perry ...
Myra Frost (as Linda Terry)
Eleanor Hansen ...
Jane
...
Hilda (as Hattie McDaniels)
James Burke ...
Sullivan
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Bat Regan
Penny Singleton ...
Frances Glesk
Edit

Storyline

Madcap debutante Melsa Manton finds a body in a deserted house. Of course, the police don't believe her. Stung by Peter Ames's front page editorial decrying her "prank," Melsa enlists seven fellow debs to help her investigate. The wisecracking young ladies proceed to run circles around the police, the suspects, and the press. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Manton est folle  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of three screen teamings of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. All were comedies. See more »

Goofs

When Melsa first calls the police at the beginning of the movie. The police cars are rushing to the Lane mansion. As they pass "Jones Drug Co" and "Barber Shop" the signs are backwards (mirror images). See more »

Quotes

Melsa Manton: May I have a cigarette?
[He places one in her mouth, lights it]
Melsa Manton: I've had dozens of cigarette lighters but they never worked.
Peter Ames: This just one just takes cheap gasoline.
Melsa Manton: Maybe that's why.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a flashlight lights up each page of credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murder, My Sweet (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (as Brewster 'Bruce' Higley) (1873)
Sung a cappella by James Burke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Stylish Comedy/Mystery
22 November 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I sI saw this on TV when I was young and, though it was trumpeted as hilarious, I didn't like it. Now, I have seen 30 or more movies of around the same period that combine romance, comedy, and mystery. And I have grown to appreciate Barbara Stanwyck as one of the great stars in Hollywood's history. So: I really enjoyed it a lot.

Stanwyck, as the title character, is mad only in the sense of madcap. Probably it is a matter of alliteration more than anything else. Henry Fonda is fun as the newspaper man who hates and then falls for her.

A few years later, they were to be teamed again in Preston Sturges's great "The Lady Eve."

The subway is a good gimmick, and all the minor players are fun. Miss Manton, or as we'd say today Ms. Manton, has a whole crew of gal-pals, who scream and giggle and make the whole affair very lively indeed.


28 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your favorite line rahul_capri
Big goof danielj_old999
What movie? ocean_gypsy
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Popsy ksf-2
Doll on the pillow Chris398
Discuss The Mad Miss Manton (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?