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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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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 11 people found the following review useful.
Some films are forgotten for a reason, 24 April 2011
Author: Gloede_The_Saint from Norway

Two Men in Manhattan pushes the envelope on everything but quality. Sure, it has lesbians, bare breasts and loads of sex references, but does it help? Say hello of Jean-Pierre Melville's cheap and signature-less alter-ego.

The master of French crime goes to what might be the noir capital of the world. We see New Yorks streets at night, and our entertainers throw in a heave jazz score as well - the making of a masterpiece? I wish.

From the moment the first credit popped on screen I got the feeling that something was wrong. I shrugged it off, but just as soon as I was ready to embrace yet another great Melville film we are thrown into a whirlpool of disfigured English. Apparently it's only purpose is to show as that we are at the UN. The dialog was clearly not of any importance, and the sound department sure made that clear.

I'm sure this introduction isn't as long as it felt like, but that's hardly no excuse. To make things worse we get to spend our first few scenes with the most unimaginative and unimportant small talk. For the next 30 minutes or so I wasn't even sure if there was a plot. Sure, they are looking for a guy but beyond that it felt so empty and devoid of any real direction.

And did you expect great visuals? This whole deal feels like a cheap 40's docudrama after it had a stroke. One possibility is that Melville was testing out some new wave aesthetics, another is that he got drunk and let his assistant do the film for him.

Not to say it's entirely bad. The cinematography is more or less there, despite the fact that the compositions couldn't be blander. Had it been some unknown director who was behind this I'd just brush it off as the mediocrity it is - but despite the fact that it isn't really bad it almost feels like a stab in the back from Melville. He had everything he needed, but decided to go to autopilot. All I can say is that there's most certainly a reason why this is his least known.

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