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Writer:
Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Release Date:
16 October 1959 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Pierre Grasset ... Pierre Delmas
Christiane Eudes ... Anne Fèvre-Berthier
Ginger Hall ... Judith Nelson
Colette Fleury ... Françoise Bonnot
Monique Hennessy ... Gloria
Glenda Leigh ... Virgiia Graham
Jean Darcante ... Rouvier
Michèle Bailly ... Bessie Reed (as Michele Bailly)
Paula Dehelly ... Mme. Fèvre-Berthier
Nancy Delorme
Carole Sands
Gloria Kayser ... Une fille
Barbara Hall
Monica Ford
Billy Beck ... Le partenaire de Judith Nelson sur scène
Deya Kent
Carl Studer ... Le sergent de police au snack
Hyman Yanovitz ... Le gardien du Mercury Theatre
Ro. Tetelman ... Le 'bar tendor' (as Ad. Tetelman)
Art Simmons ... Le pianiste de Virginia Graham
Jerry Mengo ... Leslie McKimmie
Jean Lara ... Aubert
Jean-Pierre Melville ... Moreau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Kearns ... L'homme de la sécurité à la Ridgewood Tavern (as William Kearne)
Yvette Amirante ... La copine d'Anne (uncredited)
Jannick Arvel ... Fille (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Darras ... L'ivrogne au snack (uncredited)
Bernard Hulin ... Le trompettiste à la Pike Slip Inn (uncredited)
Yannick Philouze ... Une secrétaire (uncredited)
Martial Solal ... Le pianiste à la Pike Slip Inn (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Florence Melville .... producer
Alain Térouanne .... producer (as Alain Terouanne)
 
Original Music by
Christian Chevallier 
Martial Solal 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Hayer 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Bonnot 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yannick Andréi .... assistant director (as Yannick Andreï)
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director (as Charles Bitsch)
 
Art Department
Raymond Aupée .... construction coordinator
George Balland .... property master
Roger Bar .... set dresser
Martine Sachot .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Jacques Gallois .... sound
Corvaisier Loiseau .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy André .... still photographer
Claude Beaugé .... camera operator
Charles L. Bitsch .... camera operator (as Charles Bitsch)
Jacques Lang .... camera operator
Michael Shrayer .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Françoise Bonnot .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Paul Bonneau .... conductor
Bernard Hulin .... musician: trumpet
Gaby Jarret .... music recordist
Albert Raisner .... musician: harmonica
 
Other crew
Ghislaine Du Sire .... script girl
Florence Melville .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deux hommes dans Manhattan" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
84 min
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Many scenes were filmed in New York City at night, and in one scene can be a seen a theater marquee showing Separate Tables (1958) with Rita Hayworth, David Niven and Burt Lancaster, which was released n 1958.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Two Men in Manhattan, 11 October 2010
Author: random_avenger

French director Jean-Pierre Melville is known for directing several classic films such as Bob le flambeur (1956) and Le samouraï (1967), but he also did some acting over the course of his career. However, his only starring role was in his own 1959 crime film Two Men in Manhattan, where he plays a journalist named Moreau who is assigned to find out why a French diplomat named Fèvre-Berthier was absent from a United Nations council meeting. With his photographer friend Delmas (Pierre Grasset), Moreau suspects a female lover might be involved and follows clues from woman to woman in the night of New York City, a place that never sleeps. There also seems to be a car following Moreau and Delmas...

Said to be a combination of American film noir and the budding French New Wave movement, Two Men in Manhattan very neatly utilizes the good sides of both styles. The urban street views and skyscrapers look excellent in the glow of the bright ad signs on store marquees and the dark, stark lighting set up for interior scenes is a joy to the eye too. The laid-back jazz soundtrack is highly enjoyable, creating a mood softer than in hard boiled detective noirs, even though the seedy locations would fit in such flicks seamlessly as well.

A lot of the film's charm lies on the shoulders of the two protagonists, who suit their roles splendidly. Melville's sad-looking appearance matches his character's melancholic but righteous attitude perfectly, while Grasset makes a great pairing for him as the greedy and amoral Delmas, prone to drinking and sleeping around. Ultimately their opposing approaches to the ethics of journalism are what create one of the main themes of the film; namely, examining the responsibility of the press when publishing stories of delicate nature. Besides the lead duo, the supporting actors do a good job too, from a suicidal stage actress Judith Nelson (Ginger Hall) to a jaded cabaret dancer Bessie Reed (Michèlle Bailly) and a jazz singer Virginia Graham (Glenda Leigh) who we get to see recording a haunting song in a studio.

All in all, when a film successfully combines a totally smooth and cool atmosphere with suspense and humour like Two Men in Manhattan does, it just cannot be anything but highly enjoyable. The movie is simply thoroughly entertaining, but since the technical elements are also very skilfully created, there is no reason to skip this one if you're even remotely interested in film noir and French cinema.

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