Manhattan Melodrama Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Nov 04, 2019

    A modern day morality take as two brothers grow to be on opposite sides of the law. It's an easy guess to see where this one is going from the very beginning, but in this case its the journey that's important, skillfully handled by W. S. van Dyck (who's becoming one of my fav directors) who keeps things fluid and moving. Highlights include a young Mickey Rooney. In an interesting plot point, the bad guy gets a bit of the hero treatment, is justified, making this a more resonant work. Good stuff.

    A modern day morality take as two brothers grow to be on opposite sides of the law. It's an easy guess to see where this one is going from the very beginning, but in this case its the journey that's important, skillfully handled by W. S. van Dyck (who's becoming one of my fav directors) who keeps things fluid and moving. Highlights include a young Mickey Rooney. In an interesting plot point, the bad guy gets a bit of the hero treatment, is justified, making this a more resonant work. Good stuff.

  • Feb 19, 2018

    Original plot for the time and what a cast!

    Original plot for the time and what a cast!

  • May 16, 2017

    Seems like the two-friends-grow-up-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law plot of 'Manhattan Melodrama' should have been fairly stale even by 1934, but if not the case, then the film's stars don't quite manage to elevate this story above middling fare. William Powell and Myrna Loy are good, but not as charming together as they'd later prove to be in 'The Thin Man'. As the lead, Powell also comes off a bit stiff. Gable gets the best part -- a charming-but-loyal criminal pal to Powell -- and makes the strongest impression here by far. Not bad, but more of note as the film John Dillinger saw when he was shot by police than for anything onscreen.

    Seems like the two-friends-grow-up-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law plot of 'Manhattan Melodrama' should have been fairly stale even by 1934, but if not the case, then the film's stars don't quite manage to elevate this story above middling fare. William Powell and Myrna Loy are good, but not as charming together as they'd later prove to be in 'The Thin Man'. As the lead, Powell also comes off a bit stiff. Gable gets the best part -- a charming-but-loyal criminal pal to Powell -- and makes the strongest impression here by far. Not bad, but more of note as the film John Dillinger saw when he was shot by police than for anything onscreen.

  • Feb 09, 2015

    1) the star power here doesn't triumph over the script, but it does enhance some decent material to be highly entertaining stuff of the second name of the title (all three, Gable, charming as fuck, Powell, a much different turn than the Thin Man but just as awesome, Loy, who is spellbinding) fine and believable and make the stuff... human And even raw) spoiler: 2) isn't it kind of ironic that Dillinger saw THIS movie, with Gables character and what happens to him, and then met his end immediately after ?

    1) the star power here doesn't triumph over the script, but it does enhance some decent material to be highly entertaining stuff of the second name of the title (all three, Gable, charming as fuck, Powell, a much different turn than the Thin Man but just as awesome, Loy, who is spellbinding) fine and believable and make the stuff... human And even raw) spoiler: 2) isn't it kind of ironic that Dillinger saw THIS movie, with Gables character and what happens to him, and then met his end immediately after ?

  • Sep 07, 2014

    Not a very happy story, but a pleasure to watch - great acting, and Gable may have never been more charming 3.5+ stars

    Not a very happy story, but a pleasure to watch - great acting, and Gable may have never been more charming 3.5+ stars

  • Aug 09, 2014

    Incredibly talented cast! What a gem of a movie... 3 of my all time favourite actors... Can't miss!

    Incredibly talented cast! What a gem of a movie... 3 of my all time favourite actors... Can't miss!

  • Alex r Super Reviewer
    Aug 01, 2013

    Manhattan Melodrama is famous for being the last movie that infamous bank robber John Dillinger saw before being gunned down outside the Biograph Theatre on July 22nd 1934. Obviously I was interested in seeing the film due to its history surrounding that legendary showing. This is a brilliant gangster film that is a defining classic of the genre. Brilliantly acted by Clark Gable, this is a must see for cinema buffs who enjoy classic films that helped defined the genre. Before there was The Godfather, there was this film. Clark Gable is impressive here and the story is quite good and highly engaging. This is also a must see for people that are fascinated with John Dillinger because I feel that in some way, this movie is part of his legacy. Nonetheless, the plot is engaging and like I said is a classic gangster picture that would pave the way for all to follow. I really enjoyed the film, and felt it was very different from other films in the genre. In that respect, it is a film that helped shape the crime genre. Manhattan Melodrama is filled with action, drama, a good cast and effective pacing to really make this stand out. I really enjoyed the film and thought it was an entertaining gangster film, definitely among the finest in the genre. There are of course better genre films, but Manhattan Melodrama is a worthwhile viewing experience that should definitely thrill the diehard cinema buff. W.s Van Dyke has crafted a memorable and historically significant picture that stands out even by today's standards.

    Manhattan Melodrama is famous for being the last movie that infamous bank robber John Dillinger saw before being gunned down outside the Biograph Theatre on July 22nd 1934. Obviously I was interested in seeing the film due to its history surrounding that legendary showing. This is a brilliant gangster film that is a defining classic of the genre. Brilliantly acted by Clark Gable, this is a must see for cinema buffs who enjoy classic films that helped defined the genre. Before there was The Godfather, there was this film. Clark Gable is impressive here and the story is quite good and highly engaging. This is also a must see for people that are fascinated with John Dillinger because I feel that in some way, this movie is part of his legacy. Nonetheless, the plot is engaging and like I said is a classic gangster picture that would pave the way for all to follow. I really enjoyed the film, and felt it was very different from other films in the genre. In that respect, it is a film that helped shape the crime genre. Manhattan Melodrama is filled with action, drama, a good cast and effective pacing to really make this stand out. I really enjoyed the film and thought it was an entertaining gangster film, definitely among the finest in the genre. There are of course better genre films, but Manhattan Melodrama is a worthwhile viewing experience that should definitely thrill the diehard cinema buff. W.s Van Dyke has crafted a memorable and historically significant picture that stands out even by today's standards.

  • Apr 03, 2013

    This is the film that John Dillinger watched right before he was gunned down by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater. That aside, this is an excellent retelling of the oft told tale of childhood friends ending up on opposite side of the law. William Powell is the new District Attorney and his childhood pal, Blackie, played by Clark Gable, is the local crime boss. Thrown in Myrna Loy as the romantic interest caught between the two and the director of the original "The Thin Man" and you've got a snappy and highly enjoyable film. Well worth watching for classic film fans and a must see for Loy and Powell fans.

    This is the film that John Dillinger watched right before he was gunned down by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater. That aside, this is an excellent retelling of the oft told tale of childhood friends ending up on opposite side of the law. William Powell is the new District Attorney and his childhood pal, Blackie, played by Clark Gable, is the local crime boss. Thrown in Myrna Loy as the romantic interest caught between the two and the director of the original "The Thin Man" and you've got a snappy and highly enjoyable film. Well worth watching for classic film fans and a must see for Loy and Powell fans.

  • Mar 21, 2013

    year s/b 1934 not 2003

    year s/b 1934 not 2003

  • Apr 05, 2012

    Two friends end up on opposite sides of the law, and when the shady guy gets in a world of trouble, the other friend wonder which road to take.

    Two friends end up on opposite sides of the law, and when the shady guy gets in a world of trouble, the other friend wonder which road to take.