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Two Men in Manhattan -- 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.
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16 October 1959 (France) See more »
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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  (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)
Alexandra Stewart ... Bit (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 
Production Management
Philippe Schwab .... unit production manager
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
Marcel Corvaisier .... sound assistant
Jacques Gallois .... sound
Urbain 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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Two very different newspaper men going in search of a missing diplomat..., 20 August 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

At the UN today, the French representative didn't show though few made much notice of it. However, a French reporter is given the assignment to look for the guy and see why he disappeared. To help, he gets the help of a super-sleazy photographer, Pierre, and the pair bounce about New York following leads. They think this well respected man might have a mistress--and several photos of him with ladies might help them locate the guy.

Eventually they locate the man and then comes an important decision- -what to do with this information. The photographer, naturally, wants to make the most of it and spread sensationalistic photos everywhere. The other guy is decent and tries to get his new partner to do the right thing.

I love the films of Jean-Pierre Melville--at least up until this one. It's not a terrible film but nothing like the great film noir features Melville made (mostly in the 60s and 70s). But it did have a homemade feel--cheap and definitely more French New Wave than his usual more polished work. Lots of cheap stock footage of New York was used and so many of the English-speaking actors sounded anything but like New Yorkers. French audiences probably wouldn't have recognized this, but to an American the accents often don't fit or sometimes sound like foreigners TRYING to sound American...and failing. Mildly interesting and clearly the last portion is by far the most interesting. Plus, being a French film it has some nudity, lesbianism and other plot elements you just wouldn't have found in an American film of the time.

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