Manhattan Melodrama

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Manhattan Melodrama is a 1934 American pre-Code crime melodrama film, produced by MGM, directed by W. S. Van Dyke, and starring Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy. The movie also provided one of the earliest film roles for Mickey Rooney, who... read more
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Manhattan Melodrama is a 1934 American pre-Code crime melodrama film, produced by MGM, directed by W. S. Van Dyke, and starring Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy. The movie also provided one of the earliest film roles for Mickey Rooney, who played Gable's character as a child. The film is based on a story by Arthur Caesar, who won the Academy Award for Best Story for this film. This was Myrna Loy and William Powell in their first of fourteen screen pairings. Notorious criminal John Dillinger attended a showing of the film at Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. After leaving the theater, he was shot to death by federal agents. Myrna Loy was among those who expressed distaste at the studio's willingness to exploit this event for the financial benefit of the film. Scenes from Manhattan Melodrama, in addition to Dillinger's death, are depicted in the 2009 film Public Enemies..

Original Release

05/04/1934

Cast

Clark Gable Blackie Gallagher
Myrna Loy Eleanor
William Powell Jim Wade
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)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor

Writers

Frank Dolan, Donald Ogden Stewart, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Arthur Caesar, Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast

Clark Gable Blackie Gallagher
Myrna Loy Eleanor
William Powell Jim Wade
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
Wade Boteler Prison Guard
George Irving Jim's Campaign Manager
Leonid Kinskey Trotskyite Slapping Poppa Rosen
Sam McDaniel Black Prisoner on Death Row
Oscar Apfel Speaker of Assembly

Producers

Editors

Ben Lewis

1935 Oscar Best Writing, Original Story Won
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