Manhattan Melodrama

Manhattan Melodrama

Director: W.S. Van Dyke Cast: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy

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Overview

Manhattan Melodrama

Notorious as the movie that gangster John Dillinger attended on the night he was killed, Manhattan Melodrama has weathered the years as one of MGM's finest examples of pure storytelling. The pageant-like story begins in 1904, when the excursion steamer "General Slocum" blows up and burns in the East River. Two young boys are orphaned by the disaster. They are adopted by a kindly Jewish businessman (Harry Green) who has lost his own children. Years later, when he is killed during a anarchist rally, the boys are separated once more. They grow up to be straight-arrow attorney Jim Wade (William Powell) and big-time gambler Blackie Gallagher (Clark Gable). Though the two men still like and respect one another, they are now on opposite sides of the legal fence. The professional rivalry becomes personal when Jim marries Blackie's ex-mistress Eleanor (Myrna Loy). The typically stellar MGM supporting cast includes Nat Pendleton as Blackie's faithful stooge, Isabel Jewell as his addled girlfriend, Mickey Rooney as the younger Blackie (a marvelous piece of mimicry here), and blonde singer Shirley Ross, here appearing in blackface in a Harlem nightclub sequence, singing a new Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart tune that would later gain popularity (with different lyrics) as "Blue Moon."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2017
UPC: 0888574513634
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 2,220

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Blackie Gallagher
William Powell Jim Wade
Myrna Loy Eleanor
Leo Carrillo Father Pat
Nat Pendleton Spud
Mickey Rooney Blackie as a boy
George Sidney Poppa Rosen
Isabel Jewell Anabelle
Muriel Evans May
Jimmy Butler Jim as a boy
Shirley Ross Cotton Club Singer
Oscar Apfel Assembly Speaker
William Arnold Black Jack Dealer
William Augustin Actor
William Norton Bailey Actor
Curtis Benton Announcer
Herman Bing German Proprietor
John Bleifer Chauffeur
Stanley Blystone Detective
Wade Boteler Guard in Prison
Don Brodie Actor
George Pat Collins Miller in Prison
Frank Conroy Blackie's Attorney
Vernon Dent Old German Man
James C. Eagles Boy in Prison
Jay Eaton Drunk
Harrison Greene Eleanor's Dance Partner
Donald Haines Stud
Sherry Hall Assistant District Attorney
Eddie Hart Reporter
Lew Harvey Crap Dealer
Samuel S. Hinds Warden
George S. Irving Campaign Manager
William Irving German Note Holder
Thomas E. Jackson Snow
Jim James Chemin De Fer Dealer
Claudelle Kaye Miss Adams
Jack Kenney Policeman
Leonid Kinskey Trotsky Aide
Jack Lipson Uncle Angus
Noel Madison Mannie Arnold
John Marston Coates
Ralph McCullough Actor
Sam McDaniel Black Man in Prison
Alex Melesh Master of Ceremonies
King Mojave Actor
Charles Moore Black Boy in Speakeasy
Pat Moriarity Heckler
Garry Owen Campaign Manager
Lee Phelps Bailiff
Henry Roquemore Band Leader
Bert Russell Blind Beggar
Harry Seymour Piano Player
Lee Shumway Actor
Bert Sprotte Actor
William Stack Judge
Landers Stevens Inspector of Police
Carl Stockdale Actor
Stanley Taylor Police Intern
Al Thompson Spectator on Street
Edward Van Sloan Yacht Skipper
Emmett Vogan Actor
Charles Dunbar Panhandler
Pepi Sinoff Jewish Woman

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Art Caesar Original Story
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Ben Lewis Editor
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Slavko Vorkapich Special Effects
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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