Manhattan Melodrama
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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,
"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,
"A great combination of tour-de-force acting and quality drama."
‑ , Film4
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