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Manhattan Melodrama Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
August 20, 2007
The drama may be clunky and old-fashioned, but once Melodrama gets rolling, it never stops engaging the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 20, 2010
Noted as the last movie John Dillinger ever saw.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Melodrama, yes. But effectively done with a dream cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
March 21, 2013
This MGM prestige production, winner of the Original Story Oscar, features its top stars, Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Full Review | Original Score: B

May 24, 2003
A great combination of tour-de-force acting and quality drama.
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Time Out
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.

TV Guide
July 26, 2010
A splendid example of 1930s hardboiled melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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TIME Magazine
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.
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