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Manhattan Melodrama (1934) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and W.S. Van Dyke and produced by David O. Selznick.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingArthur CaesarWon

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DEAR MR. GABLE BLOGATHON: Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

on Jun 14, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting her second annual Dear Mr. Gable blogathon, a salute to the King of Hollywood, Clark Gable. Click HERE to enjoy the tributes and critiques. When MGM and other Hollywood studios of the 20th century are referred to as "the dream factory", the de... Read full article

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 25, 2018 From 4 Star Films

The stars are out for Manhattan Melodrama, at least three of the biggest from the 1930s, in Clark Gable, William Powell, and Myrna Loy. Except the latter two had yet to start their star-making run with director W.S. Van Dyke in The Thin Man until later in the year. This picture would prove to be a b... Read full article

Manhattan Melodrama (1934) (2)

on Jul 29, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

First off, a happy birthday to William Powell, star of today’s film!? I had no idea it was his birthday when I planned the July Five, but if anyone asks I totally planned it! The first movie in our week devoted to Powell and his stalwart companion Myrna Loy has quite the history associated wit... Read full article

Manhattan Melodrama (1934) (1)

By Beatrice on Apr 4, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Manhattan Melodrama Directed by W. S. Van Dyke 1934/USA Cosmopolitan Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) First Viewing Blackie and Jim were childhood buddies. Both were rescued from a tragic steamship fire and then raised together by a man who was trampled to death at a political rally. Bl... Read full article

Manhattan Melodrama

By RBuccicone on Dec 3, 2010 From MacGuffin Movies

Manhattan Melodrama (1934) ???? Somewhat surprisingly, William Powell and Myrna Loy‘s performances together were not always in the comedic genre that suited them so well. Both were quite competent dramatic actors and Manhattan Melodrama is a great example of that. It also happened to be their ... Read full article

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Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: Die the way you lived, all of a sudden, that's the way to go. Don't drag it out.

Spud 'Spuddie': But, Boss, I tink...
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: With what?

Eleanor Packer: Now, now Blackie, Blackie don't do anything foolish!... Blackie?
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher: [Chuckles] Did I ever do anything foolish?

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This was the movie that bank robber John Dillinger had just seen before he was gunned down in front of Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. He had been set up by Anna Sage, the madam of a brothel, who knew Dillinger's girlfriend, Polly Hamilton. Sage was facing deportation and thought the tip might get her off. She told FBI agent Melvin Purvis that she would be wearing orange which appeared red, leading her to be dubbed "The Woman in Red". Dillinger was shot three times when he tried to escape, and Sage wound up being sent back to Romania.
The movie and scenes form this movie is featured in the production of Public Enemies by director Michael Mann.
This is probably the only major film to offer a fairly accurate re-creation of the General Slucum disaster. The popular excursion steamer caught fire in New York's East River on the morning of June 15, 1904, while transporting passengers to a picnic organized by Queens' German Lutheran Church. At an estimated 1,021 fatalities, mostly women and children, this was New York City's single worst tragedy, in terms of lives lost, before 9/11. An incompetent, inexperienced crew was held primarily to blame for the tragedy.
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