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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, Jack Conway (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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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A girl-a gambler-a district attorney. One of them had to lose in this warfare of wits, passion, love! Friends since boyhood-once Jim had saved Blackie's life- and now they both loved the same girl! (Print Ad- The Standard, (Holley, NY)) 13 September 1934) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After John Dillinger was killed, William Randolph Hearst had the statement "A Cosmopolitan Production" removed from the credits of all prints; instead, producer David O. Selznick's and director W.S. Van Dyke's credits are repeated from the following card--thus their names appear twice in a row. The print in the Turner library is of this version. See more »

Goofs

When Blackie picks up a magazine from the couch after Eleanor leaves him, it is a close up of a Woman's Home Companion, November 1925, from a leopard skin upholstered couch. In the wide shot, he is holding a Vogue and the couch is plainly upholstered, not leopard skin. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Packer: Now, now Blackie, Blackie don't do anything foolish!... Blackie?
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: [Chuckles] Did I ever do anything foolish?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

College Life
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Traditional
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Die the Way You Lived
16 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Solid MGM crime drama that is best remembered today as the film John Dillinger saw just before being gunned down by federal agents. The story is a simple one about two men (William Powell, Clark Gable) who grew up together but are on opposite sides of the law. Myrna Loy also stars as the woman initially with Blackie (Gable) who falls for and marries Jim (Powell). Great director and trio of stars with fantastic chemistry elevate this above otherwise banal plot. Young Blackie is played by, of all people, Mickey Rooney! Must've been one hell of a puberty. Also of note is the song "The Bad in Every Man," sung by Shirley Ross here. The song would later be given new lyrics by Lorenz Hart and become the classic standard "Blue Moon."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manhattan Melodrama 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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