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Two Men in Manhattan (1959)

Deux hommes dans Manhattan (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 October 1959 (France)
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A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

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Jean-Pierre Melville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Grasset Pierre Grasset ... Pierre Delmas
Christiane Eudes Christiane Eudes ... Anne Fèvre-Berthier
Ginger Hall Ginger Hall ... Judith Nelson
Colette Fleury Colette Fleury ... The Secretary
Monique Hennessy Monique Hennessy ... Gloria
Glenda Leigh Glenda Leigh ... The Singer
Jean Darcante Jean Darcante ... Rouvier
Michèle Bailly Michèle Bailly ... Bessie Reed (as Michele Bailly)
Paula Dehelly Paula Dehelly ... Mme. Fèvre-Berthier
Nancy Delorme Nancy Delorme
Carole Sands Carole Sands
Gloria Kayser Gloria Kayser ... Une fille
Barbara Hall Barbara Hall
Monica Ford Monica Ford
Billy Beck ... Le partenaire de Judith Nelson sur scène
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A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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France

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French | English

Release Date:

16 October 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Homens em Manhattan See more »

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$2,527
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The first credited acting part for director Jean-Pierre Melville. See more »

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The Singer: [sings] There's a street in Manhattan / With a house that has no windowpanes / And the lamp that burned all night / Listen man, go away from me / I lived there so long ago / With a guy you wouldn't care to know / God it's cold here / Nothing good here / Go man / Not tonight
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Calling the Lead Character Ishmael Would Have Been Too On-the-Nose
16 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

As a native New Yorker, I found the movie a bit creepy, Melville's image of Manhattan is too perfect, a city where the streets are seamless, glistening ribbons of asphalt, where the ashtrays have smoked cigarette butts stacked neatly in them with no sign of ash, where even the glass in telephone booths on the streets are spotless. When a French diplomat disappears and reporter Jean-Paul Melville in his first credited screen role -- his audition must have impressed the director -- is set on his trail, he doesn't realize he himself is being followed. Meanwhile I was looking for a scrap of litter on the street, a straphanger on the subway whose hat and soul have been battered by a tough day.... nothing. Everyone is perfectly dressed, everything is perfectly clean, everyone dresses like a serious adult. You should have seen the motley assortment on the E train this afternoon.

Finally, about a quarter hour in, Melville goes to the apartment of his cameraman, Pierre Grasset, and the wallpaper outside his apartment was poorly hung. Aha! I thought, a creature of the demi-monde, someone who cuts corners, was looking out for himself, who had pictures of the young women that the diplomat.... associated with. Off they went into the night, still followed by a mysterious trailer, Melville, the moral reporter, and Grasset, the corrupt guide. I knew they would find their prey; but how moral would Melville be and how corrupt Grasset? And who was following them and why? Who was the hero of this story and exactly what was the Great White Whale they were following?

This movie is Melville's own personal fantasy, set in a fantasy New York glamorous beyond belief to anyone who has dwelt in the real one. He had been born Jen-Pierre Grumbach, and had adopted a new surname in admiration of Herman Melville. He had played Bartleby and written and directed his own movies and now was going on his own voyage to find out if he could be the hero of his own tale.


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