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The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 21 October 1938 (USA)
When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writers:

Philip G. Epstein (screen play), Wilson Collison (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Melsa Manton
Henry Fonda ... Peter Ames
Sam Levene ... Lieutenant Brent
Frances Mercer ... Helen Frayne
Stanley Ridges ... Edward Norris
Whitney Bourne ... Pat James
Vickie Lester ... Kit Beverly (as Vicki Lester)
Ann Evers ... Lee Wilson
Catherine O'Quinn Catherine O'Quinn ... Dora Fenton
Linda Perry ... Myra Frost (as Linda Terry)
Eleanor Hansen ... Jane
Hattie McDaniel ... Hilda (as Hattie McDaniels)
James Burke ... Sullivan
Paul Guilfoyle ... Bat Regan
Penny Singleton ... Frances Glesk
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Storyline

Madcap debutante Melsa Manton finds a body in a deserted house. Of course, the police don't believe her. Stung by Peter Ames's front page editorial decrying her "prank," Melsa enlists seven fellow debs to help her investigate. The wisecracking young ladies proceed to run circles around the police, the suspects, and the press. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Manton est folle See more »

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Budget:

$383,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irene Dunne was considered for the leading role. See more »

Goofs

When Melsa first calls the police at the beginning of the movie. The police cars are rushing to the Lane mansion. As they pass "Jones Drug Co" and "Barber Shop" the signs are backwards (mirror images). See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Brent: Everybody suspects you of holding out, even I do.
Melsa Manton: Oh, I bet you say that to all the girls.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a flashlight lights up each page of credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (as Brewster 'Bruce' Higley) (1873)
Sung a cappella by James Burke
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beautiful young Stanwyck and handsome Fonda
14 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a delightful comedy/mystery, very much of its time, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. Stanwyck does a great job as a madcap socialite (though the title would have you think she's a crazy bag lady) who gets involved in a murder and with reporter Fonda. Miss Manton has a mouthy maid played by Hattie McDaniel (listed as McDaniels in the credits) and many girlfriends, all of whom are at her beck and call.

Stanwyck's gift for comedy is apparent, and Manton was a perfect character for her - sophisticated, clever, and vulnerable. Fonda is very juvenile and ardent. They make a great pair.


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