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  • TBC
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1934
  • 93 mins

Manhattan Melodrama

Manhattan Melodrama


Known to some as the film John Dillinger saw prior to being gunned down outside the cinema. Gable and Powell star as lifelong friends who grow up on opposite sides of the law; one, Wade (Powell), becomes a respectable DA, the other, Blackie (Gable), a criminal racketeer, yet despite their differences and a love triangle with Loy, the friendship remains intact. However, when Blackie gets himself into serious trouble helping Wade achieve his ambitions, their lives together are put to the test.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Myrna Loy, Nat Pendleton, Leo Carrillo, George Sidney, Clark Gable, William Powell
  • Director: WS Van Dyke
  • Writer: Joseph L Mankiewicz, Oliver H Garrett
  • Producer: David O Selznick
  • Photographer: James Wong Howe

In a nutshell

Far less melodramatic than the title suggests; rather, a great combination of tour-de-force acting and quality drama.

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