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Young Man of Manhattan (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 17 May 1930 (USA)
Two flappers (Claudette Colbert and Ginger Rogers) try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.

Director:

Monta Bell

Writers:

Katharine Brush (novel), Robert Presnell Sr. (adaptation) (as Robert Presnell)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Ann Vaughn
Norman Foster ... Toby McLean
Ginger Rogers ... Puff Randolph
Charles Ruggles ... Shorty Ross
Leslie Austin ... Dwight Knowles
Lorraine Aalbu Lorraine Aalbu ... One of the Sherman Sisters (as Four Aalbu Sisters)
Aileene Aalbu Aileene Aalbu ... One of the Sherman Sisters (as Four Aalbu Sisters)
Fern Aalbu Fern Aalbu ... One of the Sherman Sisters (as Four Aalbu Sisters)
Harriet Aalbu Harriet Aalbu ... One of the Sherman Sisters (as Four Aalbu Sisters)
H. Dudley Hawley H. Dudley Hawley ... Doctor
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Storyline

Toby McLean, a reckless sports writer on a New York City newspaper, covers the Gene Tunney-Jack Dempsey heavyweight-championship fight in Philadelphia. There he meets Ann Vaughn, a feature writer for another newspaper, and they get married after a whirlwind romance. The romance begins to wane nearly as fast as it blossomed but, directly and indirectly, is salvaged by Toby's writer pal, "Shorty" Ross, and a ditsy socialite, "Puff" Randolph. Artchive footage provides shots of the Tunney-Dempsey fight, and other sports events of the era. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A glamorous modern-day love story that takes you places; shows you things! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inconstância See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may have never been televised. See more »

Quotes

Puff Randolph: Cigarette me, big boy.
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If You Can Just Forgive and Forget
(uncredited)
by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain
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Why Not "Young Couple Of Manhattan"?
16 August 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

I know I'm second-guessing the author, but this movie is about a couple rather than one young man. In any case, it's a romantic comedy about a couple of newspaper reporters who meet at a boxing match and decide to get married shortly thereafter. Maybe too shortly, because marital problems ensue due to alcohol and money - a bad combination. The principals are Norman Foster and Claudette Colbert who were real-life man and wife at the time. I thought there should be more chemistry between the two as a result, but it was just enough to make the movie work. They get superb help throughout from Charles Ruggles, who was very funny and displayed impeccable comic timing and saved many a scene. Also in the cast, in her first full-length feature film, is Ginger Rogers, with dark hair and an irritating Betty Boop-type voice. She was almost unrecognizable at first glance.

Foster's character is as a sportswriter, and there are some fascinating shots at Yankee Spring training camp in Florida with a look at Babe Ruth and a fleeting glimpse of Lou Gehrig. There is also some footage of the Dempsey-Tunney fight in 1927. On the whole, the film was good - I gave it a rating of six. I sometimes think that an old picture may have several worthy landmarks, mileposts and noteworthy appearances, but age alone does not make a good picture. Some relics are just old artifacts.


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