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Manhattan Melodrama (1934) is a crime melodrama film, produced by MGM Pictures. See also: 1933 in film 1934 1935 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 26 - Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) finally purchased the film rights to The Wizard of Oz from Frank J. Baum for $40,000. ... Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ...


It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starred Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Leo Carrillo, Nat Pendleton, and Isabel Jewell. The movie also provided one of the earliest film roles for Mickey Rooney who played the Gable character as a child. The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Woodbridge Woody Strong Van Dyke II (March 21, 1889 - February 5, 1943) was an American film director. ... Clark Gable from the cover of Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography by Chrystopher J. Spicer Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 —November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, and the biggest box-office star of the early sound film era. ... William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. ... Myrna Loy in the 1930s Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993) was a United States motion picture actress. ... Leo Carrillo, born August 6, 1880 in Los Angeles, California - died September 10, 1961 in Santa Monica, California, was an actor and conservationist. ... Nathaniel Greene Pendleton (August 9, 1895 - October 12, 1967) was an American Olympic wrestler and film actor. ... Isabel Jewell (July 19, 1907 - April 5, 1972) was an American film actress. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Joseph Yule, Jr. ...


Filmed relatively quickly and with a modest budget, Manhattan Melodrama was expected to return a profit, but not to capture the imagination of the public. Its success surprised the studio and made stars of Myrna Loy and William Powell in the first of their fourteen screen pairings. It also solidified the success of MGM's most popular male lead, Clark Gable, who had recently appeared in It Happened One Night, the film which would win him his only Academy Award for Best Actor. Myrna Loy in the 1930s Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993) was a United States motion picture actress. ... William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. ... It Happened One Night is a 1934 romantic comedy in which an elite socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her fathers thumb, and falls in with a rogue reporter (Clark Gable). ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


The film was also the subject of publicity when it was reported that the gangster John Dillinger was shot dead after leaving a screening of the film. Myrna Loy was among those who expressed distaste at the studio's willingness to exploit this event for the financial benefit of the film. A Gangster is a member of a professional crime organisation, such as a gang or a mafia group. ... John Dillinger John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber, considered by some to be a notorious and dangerous criminal, while others considered him a Robin Hood-like hero. ...


Arthur Caesar won an Academy Award for Best Story for this film. The Academy Award for Best Story was the Academy Award that was the predecessor to the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay which was introduced in 1940. ...

The film starts with two boys, Blackie Gallagher and Jim Wade who become firm friends through adversity. As adults, Gallagher (Gable) and Wade (Powell) take entirely different career paths. While the exhuberant Gallagher has become a racketeer, the more studious Wade has become a District Attorney. Although at odds with each other, the two understand and respect each other. When Wade meets Eleanor (Loy) and marries her, Gallagher also falls in love with her, but the friendship between the two men prevails. Wade's career rises and he becomes Governor, but Gallagher murders a rival for Wade's office. Convicted of murder, Gallagher is sentenced to death, and as Governor, Wade has the power to commute his sentence. In the final scenes, Wade visits Gallagher in prison but Gallagher rejects Wade's suggestions and accepts his fate. The film ends with Gallagher walking away from his friend and towards his own execution. Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... A district attorney is the title of an American public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... A governor is also a device that regulates the speed of a machine. ... Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime. ...


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Manhattan Melodrama (1934) is a crime melodrama film, produced by MGM Pictures.
Filmed relatively quickly and with a modest budget, Manhattan Melodrama was expected to return a profit, but not to capture the imagination of the public.
Its success surprised the studio and made stars of Myrna Loy and William Powell in the first of their fourteen screen pairings.
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