Manhattan Melodrama
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 4, 1934
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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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Time Out

This is an archetypal gangster movie of the period, a product of the moral backlash instigated by Hoover and the Hays Office.

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TV Guide

A splendid example of 1930s hardboiled melodrama.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Noted as the last movie John Dillinger ever saw.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

One finds a mechanical plot which is scarcely worthy of the cast, which includes Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Leo Carrillo.

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Emanuel Levy

This MGM prestige production, winner of the Original Story Oscar, features its top stars, Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy.

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David Cornelius

The drama may be clunky and old-fashioned, but once Melodrama gets rolling, it never stops engaging the viewer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
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… More
jay nixon
Notorious but very hokey drama. Gable exudes charisma and star quality but Powell is just too good to be true and Myrna Loy is surprisingly arch and affected. A… More
William Dunmyer
"Manhattan Melodrama," which won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, is yet another 1930s gem that I've found lately. First was "Dancing… More
Michael Gildea
The first non-Thin Man Powell/Loy movie I've seen. It took me a little while to get over the lack of snappy banter between them and even though the… More
Aj V
I'm not sure why this film is talked about so much, it isn't very different from other gangster movies of the time. There are some good actors in the… More
Byron Brubaker
Will always be remembered as the flick Dillinger saw the night he was shot and killed. It deserves another look though. It does include some features that are… More