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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.

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Edward Norris
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Kit Beverly (as Vicki Lester)
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Myra Frost (as Linda Terry)
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Frances Glesk
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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>

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Miss Manton est folle  »

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Trivia

Peter Ames is editor of "The Morning Clarion" newspaper. 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: [has just discovered Fonda is faking being near death, to pump her for information] Are you still in pain, sweet?
Peter Ames: [from hospital bed, faintly] Oh its nothing, nothing... only when I move... but its nothing...
Melsa Manton: [hovering over hospital bed] Peter, perhaps I did wrong in not telling Inspector Brent everything.
Peter Ames: You mean you held something back?
Melsa Manton: Yes Peter.
Peter Ames: [this is what he's hoping to hear] Oh sweet, you're so clever.
Melsa Manton: Remember when I went into Ronnie Beldon's apartment?
Peter Ames: Yes dear.
Melsa Manton: When I went into the ...
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During the opening credits, a flashlight lights up each page of credits. See more »

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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
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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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