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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 »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple and Fine Linen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Quotes

Office Boy: The great Melville, in person?
George Melville: Well, who am I to disagree with you?
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Connections

Remake of Three Hours (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Triumph
(uncredited)
Music by R.H. Bassett and Louis Silvers
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A Must for Screwball Comedy Fans
6 June 2018 | by psych-shawnSee all my reviews

If you like screwball comedies, you'll like "Adventure in Manhattan." If you like Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea you'll like "Adventure in Manhattan."

"Adventure in Manhattan" is not really a mystery or detective movie and it is definitely NOT a noir. So don't watch it hoping to be dazzled by impressive deducting or menaced by psychotic killers. Watch it for the zany laughs.

This is not the best screwball comedy ever made, that honor probably belongs to "It Happened One Night," "My Man Godfrey" or "His Girl Friday." Nor is it the best film McCrea and Arthur made together; that would be "The More the Merrier."

But an average screwball comedy with two of the greatest stars of the Silver Screen makes for an above average night at the movies. Put on the popcorn and watch the sparks fly...


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