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Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

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Edward Ludwig

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Sidney Buchman (screen play), Harry Sauber (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Claire Peyton
Joel McCrea ... George Melville
Reginald Owen ... Blackton Gregory
Thomas Mitchell ... Phil Bane
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Mark Gibbs
John Gallaudet ... McGuire
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Lorimer (as Emmet Vogan)
George Cooper ... Duncan
Herman Bing ... Otto
Robert Warwick ... Phillip
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Storyline

George Melville (Joel McCrea), a criminologist, is hired onto the staff of a newspaper to help apprehend a master burglar whose targets runs to art treasures and priceless gems, on the basis that the thief and the criminologist have similar tastes. He is aided and mocked by Claire Peyton (Jean Arthur), an actress , who is appearing in a play financed by the burglar with impeccable taste. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GAL WHO TOOK MR. DEEDS TO TOWN STEPS OUT AGAIN...this time with handsome Joel McCrea...in the year's merriest melee of mirth! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple and Fine Linen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Leyland Hodgson (Henchman), Beatrice Blinn (Telephone Operator), Lew Hicks (Policeman), Harry Bernard & Robert Dudley (Program Men), Helen Dickson (Dowager), Georgie Cooper, Larry Steers and Charles C. Wilson. See more »

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After George (Joel McCrea) hears Clair (Jean Arthur) scream, he goes into the room she's been taken to and sees a child's coffin, with Clair lying on the floor. In the next shot Clair is still lying on the floor, but the child's coffin is nearly obscured from view by flowers placed in front of the casket and draped over it. See more »

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Claire Peyton: [looks around the room] My, how the Ritz has shrunk.
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It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
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Wacky offbeat comedy/mystery has some bright moments...
9 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

An overly confident crime reporter (JOEL McCREA) and a clever actress (JEAN ARTHUR) must match wits against an even more clever art thief (REGINALD OWEN) who poses as a theatrical producer to cover his real proclivities as a thief. His theater is staging a play with heavy military artillery to disguise the noise of his thieves blasting a tunnel into the bank.

Some crisp dialog and some nice performances aren't enough to conceal that this is pretty flimsy material. Still, it does manage to show that both McCrea and Arthur had a natural flair for light material tinged with a hint of mystery.

Unfortunately, the script involving stolen art work and the attempted theft of the Sunburst Diamond from a bank vault, doesn't permit either one to create more than one-dimensional characters and after an original start, the story runs out of wacky ideas and turns serious before it reverts to comedy again.

McCrea and Arthur play their roles as though they were imitating the Nick and Nora Charles brand of humor in comedy with mystery. With stronger material, this would have worked. THOMAS MITCHELL is good as a newspaper man who fires and hires McCrea in moments of great exasperation.

It's light stuff and highly forgettable except for the charm of the two stars.


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