Manhattan Melodrama
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Manhattan Melodrama
Notorious as the movie that gangster John Dillinger attended on the night he was killed, Manhattan Melodrama has weathered the years as one of MGM's finest examples of pure storytelling. The pageant-like story begins in 1904, when the excursion steamer "General Slocum" blows up and burns in the East River. Two young boys are orphaned by the disaster. They are adopted by a kindly Jewish businessman (Harry Green) who has lost his own children. Years later, when he is killed during a anarchist rally, the boys are separated once more. They grow up to be straight-arrow attorney Jim… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is an archetypal gangster movie of the period, a product of the moral backlash instigated by Hoover and the Hays Office."
‑ , Time Out
"A splendid example of 1930s hardboiled melodrama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Melodrama, yes. But effectively done with a dream cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Noted as the last movie John Dillinger ever saw."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A very adult film with a credibly thorough exploration of those decisions that become "every day" based upon the lifestyle of the decision-maker."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"One finds a mechanical plot which is scarcely worthy of the cast, which includes Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Leo Carrillo."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This MGM prestige production, winner of the Original Story Oscar, features its top stars, Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The drama may be clunky and old-fashioned, but once Melodrama gets rolling, it never stops engaging the viewer."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"A great combination of tour-de-force acting and quality drama."
‑ , Film4
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