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Two Men in Manhattan (1959)

Deux hommes dans Manhattan (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 October 1959 (France)
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A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

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Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Grasset Pierre Grasset ... Pierre Delmas
Christiane Eudes Christiane Eudes ... Anne Fèvre-Berthier
Ginger Hall Ginger Hall ... Judith Nelson
Colette Fleury Colette Fleury ... The Secretary
Monique Hennessy Monique Hennessy ... Gloria
Glenda Leigh Glenda Leigh ... The Singer
Jean Darcante Jean Darcante ... Rouvier
Michèle Bailly Michèle Bailly ... Bessie Reed (as Michele Bailly)
Paula Dehelly Paula Dehelly ... Mme. Fèvre-Berthier
Nancy Delorme Nancy Delorme
Carole Sands Carole Sands
Gloria Kayser Gloria Kayser ... Une fille
Barbara Hall Barbara Hall
Monica Ford Monica Ford
Billy Beck ... Le partenaire de Judith Nelson sur scène
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A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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France

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French | English

Release Date:

16 October 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Homens em Manhattan See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Monique Hennessy, Glenda Leigh (her only role), Christiane Eudes (her only role), Michèle Bailly, Nancy Delorme (her only role), Gloria Kayser (her only role), Monica Ford (her only role), Deya Kent, Carl Studer, Hyman Yanovitz (his only role), Art Simmons, Jean-Pierre Darras, Bernard Hulin (his only role), Yannick Philouze, Martial Solal. See more »

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References Separate Tables (1958) See more »

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New York Tail Fin Noir
3 December 2015 | by mgtbltpSee all my reviews

In French (Deux hommes dans Manhattan) is a 1959 New York City based French film-noir directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring, Jean- Pierre Melville, Pierre Grasset, Music by Martial Solal, Christian Chevallier Cinematography by Nicolas Hayer

Jean-Pierre Melville filmed both a Noir love letter and, almost a time capsule video documentary of 1958 New York City. From the opening bars of the jazzy score and Googie style credits that run over a wonderful (looking out the back window of a cab) trip down through traffic, a traffic of tail fin adorned cars, traveling South along Broadway, and then on 7th Avenue right through the heart of manically lit Times Square you know you are in for a special visual treat.

Melville's New York is the real deal. Its not some Hollywood back lot dressed up like New York City. Melville's New York is a dreary smoggy winter sky New York. The old New York that belched black coal smoke by the ton into the atmo, a New York of steaming manholes in streets that were choked with Buses and Checker Cabs. Melville's New York was a Holiday Day New York festooned with Christmas decorations two days before December 25th.

Two journalists become de facto detectives tracking down a missing diplomat through the underside of New York.

Pierre Grasset is great as the smart-alek Delmas his picaresque portrayal is very effective playing against Melville who is relatively somber. The film has but few flaws, probably the most notable for me are the interior shots of the E.D.D.I.E. whorehouse, the actresses playing the hookers seem to be speaking English phonetically, and ditto for the stripper Bessie Reed or she may just be dubbed. The excellent soundtrack is by Christian Chevallier and Martial Solal. 8/10

Two Men In Manhattan is available on DVD from Cohen Films it's in French with English subtitles.


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