Manhattan Melodrama Reviews

July 22, 2019
The audience suffers quite a long time before. Not recommended.
May 8, 2018
Audiences will not fail to react emotionally to the intelligent writing of it... Each situation is milked dry, yet never overplayed.
March 21, 2013
This MGM prestige production, winner of the Original Story Oscar, features its top stars, Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Top Critic
July 26, 2010
Well directed by W. S. Van Dyke, superbly photographed by famed Chinese Cinematographer James Wong Howe, Manhattan Melodrama is first-rate cinema, chiefly important because it marks the elevation to stardom of Myrna Loy.
July 26, 2010
A splendid example of 1930s hardboiled melodrama.
July 20, 2010
Noted as the last movie John Dillinger ever saw.
March 26, 2009
Apart from the Clark Gable-William Powell stellar duo and Myrna Loy, who does an excellent job as the principal femme, the Arthur Caesar story is replete with punchy popularly-appealing ingredients.
August 20, 2007
The drama may be clunky and old-fashioned, but once Melodrama gets rolling, it never stops engaging the viewer.
August 8, 2006
One finds a mechanical plot which is scarcely worthy of the cast, which includes Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Leo Carrillo.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
This is an archetypal gangster movie of the period, a product of the moral backlash instigated by Hoover and the Hays Office.
November 12, 2004
May 23, 2004
Melodrama, yes. But effectively done with a dream cast.
January 10, 2004
This 1934 feature was the last movie John Dillinger saw before being gunned down outside the Biograph, and he might have had better luck on both counts.
December 30, 2003
A very adult film with a credibly thorough exploration of those decisions that become "every day" based upon the lifestyle of the decision-maker.
May 24, 2003
A great combination of tour-de-force acting and quality drama.