Free Afternoon Movie
Crime, Drama and Romance
MANHATTAN MELODRAMA (1934) 93 min.
Orphans Blackie Gallagher (Clark Gable) and Jim Wade (William Powell) are lifelong friends, but Blackie becomes a hard-nosed racketeer, whereas Wade becomes a D.A. vying for Governorship. When Blackie's girlfriend Eleanor (Myrna Loy) leaves him and marries Wade, Blackie harbors no resentment; their friendship is so strong that he murders an attorney threatening Wade's gubernatorial bid. Wade's last job as D.A. is to send his friend to the electric chair. After he becomes Governor, Wade has the authority to commute Blackie's death sentence—a decision that pits his ethics against a lifelong friendship.