The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

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



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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 ...
Hilda (as Hattie McDaniels)
James Burke ...
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Bat Regan
Penny Singleton ...
Frances Glesk


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 <>

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Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Manton est folle  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first of three screen teamings of Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. All were comedies. See more »


In a romantic scene in the middle of the film Melsa tells Peter, that "she's had dozens of cigarette lighters but none of them worked." However, at the start of the film when she snoops around the Lane house, she uses a WORKING cigarette lighter as a torch. See more »


Hilda: [to the telephoe operator] Give me the Morrnin' Clarion. I don't know the numba'! The only numbers I knowse are policy numbers.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Having Wonderful Time (1938) See more »


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
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good movie, a must see for true movie buffs
14 November 1998 | by (Ava, IL) – See all my reviews

This is one pip of a movie, that is definitely funnier now in the age of political correctness. An obscure comedy that truly utilizes all the cast members involved in a great screwball of a movie. If you truly are a movie buff and love the classics, this is one movie you must find and watch for yourself. Some exceptionally classic lines that are true today as they were back in 1938.

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