Manhattan Melodrama

1934, Movie, NR, 93 mins

A splendid example of 1930s hardboiled melodrama, notable historically for two very different reasons: it marked the first of 14 pairings of the legendary team of William Powell and Myrna Loy, and it also reportedly marked legendary gangster John Dillinger for death--literally. A big Myrna Loy fan, Dillinger sneaked into the Biograph Theatre on July 22, 1934 to watch her in this film. He was spotted, the police were called, and he was gunned down after the picture was over.

Two boys (played by Jimmy Butler and a pre-stardom Mickey Rooney) are saved from a fire on a tour boat which claims the lives of their parents. Taken in by the kindly Jewish merchant Papa Ros...

Released: 1934 Rated: NR Length: 93 mins

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