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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 May 1934 (USA)
The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Blackie Gallagher
William Powell ... Jim Wade
Myrna Loy ... Eleanor
Leo Carrillo ... Father Joe
Nat Pendleton ... Spud
George Sidney ... Poppa Rosen
Isabel Jewell ... Annabelle
Muriel Evans ... Tootsie Malone
Thomas E. Jackson ... Richard Snow (as Thomas Jackson)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Adams (as Claudelle Kaye)
Frank Conroy ... Defense Attorney
Noel Madison ... Manny Arnold
Jimmy Butler ... Jim - as a Boy
Mickey Rooney ... Blackie - as a Boy
Shirley Ross ... Singer in Cotton Club
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Storyline

Orphans Edward "Blackie" Gallagher and Jim Wade are lifelong friends who take different paths in life. Blackie thrives on gambling and grows up to be a hard-nosed racketeer. Bookworm Wade becomes a D.A. vying for the Governorship. When Blackie's girlfriend Eleanor leaves him and marries the more down to earth Wade, Blackie harbors no resentment. In fact, their friendship is so strong that Blackie murders an attorney threatening to derail Wade's bid to become Governor. The morally straight Wade's last job as D.A. is to convict his friend of the murder, and send him to the electric chair. After he becomes Governor, Wade has the authority to commute Blackie's death sentence-- a decision that pits his high moral ethics against a lifelong friendship. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El enemigo público número 1 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

James W. 'Jim' Wade: I'm going to clean out every rotten spot I can find in this city, and, Blackie, I don't want to find you in any of them!
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31 March 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Two boyhood friends (one played by a very young Mickey Rooney) grow up on opposite sides of the law. Clark Gable becomes a criminal--William Powell becomes governor. Myrna Loy loves both.

This plot is now screamingly familar but, back in 1934, this was original. In fact it won the Best Original Story Oscar for its year. This could have been a real howler but a great cast, tight script and wonderful direction really put it over. Well worth catching--especially for a powerful climatic scene between Powell and Gable. A classic of its type.


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