The Mad Miss Manton 1938

The Mad Miss Manton

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Meddling heiress Melsa Manton (Barbara Stanwyck) heads a group of society girls known as the "Park Avenue Pranksters," who inadvertently become involved in a murder when they find a corpse and a stolen brooch in an empty house. After the body goes missing, a snide newspaper article on irresponsible socialites by editor Peter Ames (Henry Fonda) infuriates Melsa, who threatens libel. Despite Peter's involvement, Melsa begins her own investigation, only to turn up the brooch and another body.

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Melsa Manton
Henry Fonda
as Peter Ames
Sam Levene
as Lieutenant Brent
Frances Mercer
as Helen Frayne
Stanley Ridges
as Eddie Norris
Whitney Bourne
as Pat James
Vicki Lester
as Kit Beverly
Ann Evers
as Lee Wilson
Catherine O'Quinn
as Dora Fenton
Linda Terry
as Myra Frost
James Burke
as Sgt. Sullivan
Paul Guilfoyle
as Bat Regan
Penny Singleton
as Frances Glesk
Leona Maricle
as Sheila Lane
Kay Sutton
as Gloria Hamilton
Miles Mander
as Fred Thomas
John Qualen
as Subway watchman
Grady Sutton
as District Attorney's Secretary
Olin Howland
as Mister X
Vinton Haworth
as Peter's Secretary
Irving Bacon
as Spengler
Ted Oliver
as Detective
Eddy Chandler
as Detective
Jack Rice
as Doctor
Jack Arnold
as Peter's Secretary
Leonard Mudie
as Managing Editor
Robert Middlemass
as District Attorney
Walter Sande
as Investigator
George Magrill
as Policeman
Clarence Wilson
as Norris' Attorney
Otto H. Fries
as Homicide Detective
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Fenton
David Ward
as D.A.'s Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Mad Miss Manton

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Audience Reviews for The Mad Miss Manton

  • Aug 20, 2013
    Sprightly bit of nonsense with Barbara & Henry charming each other and the audience.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Stanwyck is fun to watch as leader of a gang of idle Park Avenue society women who try to solve a murder outside the law and Henry Fonda's newspaper. Some silly sequences and questionable romance between the stars, which includes Fonda threatening to beat some sense into Barbara three different times - now there's a match made in counseling! I had an easier time following the trail of suspects in <i>The Big Sleep</i> but at least they don't take themselves too seriously. A minor entry in each resume.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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