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Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 8 October 1936 (USA)
A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

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 ... 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 TO TOOK MR. DEEDS TO TOWN STEPS OUT AGAIN! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Claire Peyton: [looks around the room] My, how the Ritz has shrunk.
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Love's Triumph
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Music by R.H. Bassett and Louis Silvers
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A good cast brightens this mixed up mystery
1 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur have an "Adventure in Manhattan" in this 1936 film, also starring Thomas Mitchell and Reginald Owen, and directed by Edward Ludwig.

McCrea plays a sharp criminal reporter who is convinced that a world-famous thief, believed dead, is actually very much alive and responsible for some big heists that have taken place. He meets Arthur, a young actress, and the two fall in love as McCrea tries to prove his theory.

This is a really enjoyable film, with delightful performances by McCrea and Arthur. It's a bit all over the place - part screwball, part mystery. I frankly didn't see much of Nick and Nora Charles in it as others have. But the dialogue is bright, McCrea and Arthur have good chemistry, and some aspects of the mystery are good. McCrea is often thought of as sort of a poor man's Gary Cooper: a handsome, hunky all-American. In westerns there is more of a similarity, with Cooper having more gravitas, but McCrea's lighter touch and more overt personality lent themselves well to comedy. That's where he and Cooper parted company.

Enjoyable, and with a better script, it would have been terrific.


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