The Mad Miss Manton (1938)





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Mischievous, mad-cap socialite Miss Manton and her bevy of high-society gals solve a mystery in this romanticized and badly-dated comedy.
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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RKO Pictures


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
Emory Parnell
as Doorman
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
Matt McHugh
as Waiter
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

All Critics (2)

A mildly funny screwball comedy-mystery thriller that is overall more thirties stylish than witty.

Full Review… | June 9, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Mad Miss Manton succeeds as a romantic comedy more than it succeeds as a mystery.

Full Review… | November 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Mad Miss Manton

I'm not crazy, I tell you... Melsa Manton is a Hollywood beauty that discovers a murdered body. The body turns up missing and she becomes the target of scrutiny and the police do not believe she is telling the truth. She works with a guy who adores her and hopes to win her hand by tracking down the killers and missing body. "You're a nasty creature." Leigh Jason, director of Wise Girls, Model Wife, Lady for a Night, Out of the Blue, Meet Me on Broadway, The Festival Girls, and The Choppers, delivers The Mad Miss Manton. The storyline for this picture is a bit cliché and just okay. The acting is very fun and well done. The cast includes Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Sam Levene, and Hattie McDaniel. "He says that to everybody." I enjoy Henry Fonda pictures and grabbed this thriller off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past Halloween season. This was okay and fun to watch these characters in these fun and charismatic scenaios. The plot was just average but this was worth seeing once. "Where did you find the body?" Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Sprightly bit of nonsense with Barbara & Henry charming each other and the audience.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Barbara Stanwyck leads a group of nosy/noisy society girls to solve a murder mystery. Comedy is forced, but amusing in fits. Romance element between Stanwyck and Fonda is unconvincing. The pieces that make this up have been done better in a lot of other films.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse

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