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The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

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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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21 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Miss Manton est folle  »

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1.37 : 1
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Irene Dunne was considered for the leading role. See more »


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 »


Lt. Mike Brent: [Talking about Melsa] She's probably the kind of dame who would come back to haunt me. Otherwise, I'd shoot to kill.
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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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Deliciously funny
28 August 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda establish the wonderful screen chemistry that they would use to even greater advantage in 1941's "The Lady Eve." Her bored, adventurous debutante and his mild mannered reporter are a scintillating duo. I concur that true movie buffs should locate this film and view it. It's delightful.

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