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Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 8 October 1936 (USA)
A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Harry Sauber (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Claire Peyton
Joel McCrea ... George Melville
Reginald Owen ... Blackton Gregory
Thomas Mitchell ... Phil Bane
Victor Kilian ... Mark Gibbs
John Gallaudet ... McGuire
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Lorimer (as Emmet Vogan)
George Cooper ... Duncan
Herman Bing ... Otto
Robert Warwick ... Phillip
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Storyline

George Melville (Joel McCrea), a criminologist, is hired onto the staff of a newspaper to help apprehend a master burglar whose targets runs to art treasures and priceless gems, on the basis that the thief and the criminologist have similar tastes. He is aided and mocked by Claire Peyton (Jean Arthur), an actress , who is appearing in a play financed by the burglar with impeccable taste. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GAL WHO TOOK MR. DEEDS TO TOWN STEPS OUT AGAIN...this time with handsome Joel McCrea...in the year's merriest melee of mirth! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple and Fine Linen See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Leyland Hodgson (Henchman), Beatrice Blinn (Telephone Operator), Lew Hicks (Policeman), Harry Bernard & Robert Dudley (Program Men), Helen Dickson (Dowager), Georgie Cooper, Larry Steers and Charles C. Wilson. See more »

Goofs

After George (Joel McCrea) hears Clair (Jean Arthur) scream, he goes into the room she's been taken to and sees a child's coffin, with Clair lying on the floor. In the next shot Clair is still lying on the floor, but the child's coffin is nearly obscured from view by flowers placed in front of the casket and draped over it. See more »

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Claire Peyton: [looks around the room] My, how the Ritz has shrunk.
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It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
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A Master Criminal Versus an Ace Reporter
9 January 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After a big success in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town which really established Jean Arthur as the rival in screwball comedy to Carole Lombard, she got cast in some routine films that sought to take advantage of her new image. Adventure in Manhattan was one of them and while it's plot verges on the silly it could have been a lot better, but for some really bad miscasting.

The guy who could have brought off the role of the wise cracking crime reporter was over at Warner Brothers. This part James Cagney could have phoned over to Columbia, but in the hands of all American hero Joel McCrea it really looks forced.

Some high profile robberies have taken place and crime reporter McCrea thinks and has written that the culprit of all these has been a master criminal along the lines of Professor Moriarty. Problem is that this guy is believed dead by all, but McCrea.

McCrea is right and it's revealed early enough in the film to be Reginald Owen who is now in the guise of a theatrical producer. And Jean Arthur is an aspiring young ingénue in the cast of a World War I play he's producing.

One of the problems I had with this plot was that Professor Moriarty and many of the master criminals in real life and fiction usually work alone or with as few accomplices as possible. The scheme that Owen has involves a considerable gang and I really can't swallow that somewhere along the line somebody doesn't slip up.

Thomas Mitchell in one of his earliest screen roles is McCrea's editor and he's his usual good self. Arthur makes the best of a routine assignment and it took someone like Preston Sturges to bring out the real comedian in Joel McCrea.


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