The Mad Miss Manton

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The Mad Miss Manton is a 1938 American screwball comedy and mystery film directed by Leigh Jason and starring Barbara Stanwyck as fun-loving socialite Melsa Manton and Henry Fonda as newspaper editor Peter Ames. Melsa and her debutante friends hunt... read more

The Mad Miss Manton is a 1938 American screwball comedy and mystery film directed by Leigh Jason and starring Barbara Stanwyck as fun-loving socialite Melsa Manton and Henry Fonda as newspaper editor Peter Ames. Melsa and her debutante friends hunt for a murderer while eating bonbons, flirting with Ames, and otherwise behaving like silly young women. Ames is also after the murderer, as well as Melsa's hand in marriage. This was the first of three screen pairings for Stanwyck and Fonda, the others being The Lady Eve and You Belong to Me.

Original Release

10/08/1938

US Release

10/08/1938

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck Melsa Manton
Henry Fonda Peter Ames
Sam Levene Lieutenant Brent
Frances Mercer Helen Frayne
Hattie McDaniel Hilda
Stanley Ridges Edward Norris
James Burke Sullivan
Penny Singleton Frances Glesk
Leona Maricle Sheila Lane
Linda Perry Myra Frost
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Leigh Jason

Writers

Philip G. Epstein, Arthur Kober, Wilson Collison, Fred F. Finklehoffe, John Monks Jr., Hal Yates

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck Melsa Manton
Henry Fonda Peter Ames
Sam Levene Lieutenant Brent
Frances Mercer Helen Frayne
Hattie McDaniel Hilda
Stanley Ridges Edward Norris
James Burke Sullivan
Penny Singleton Frances Glesk
Leona Maricle Sheila Lane
Linda Perry Myra Frost
Whitney Bourne Pat James
Grady Sutton D.A.'s Secretary / Secretary to District Attorney
Irving Bacon Mr. Spengler - the Process Server
John Qualen Subway Watchman / Night Watchman at Subway Construction Site
Charles Halton Popsy - the Lawyer
Vickie Lester Kit Beverly
Paul Guilfoyle Bat Regan
Ann Evers Lee Wilson
Bess Flowers Charity Ball Guest
Olin Howland Mr. X / Mr. X, the Safecracker

Producers

Editors

George Hively

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