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Romance in Manhattan (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 11 January 1935 (USA)
Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

Director:

Stephen Roberts

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Edward Kaufman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer ... Karel Novak
Ginger Rogers ... Sylvia Dennis
Arthur Hohl ... Halsey J. Pander
Jimmy Butler ... Frank Dennis
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Officer Murphy
Helen Ware ... Miss Anthrop
Eily Malyon ... Miss Evans
Lillian Harmer ... Mrs. Schultz
Donald Meek ... Minister
Sidney Toler ... Police Sergeant
Oscar Apfel ... The Judge
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Customs Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Gould Carmen Gould
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Storyline

Czech immigrant Karel Novak fulfills his dream of coming to America only to learn at Ellis Island the entrance fee has been raised from $50 to $200. Unable to pay, he is put on a ship going back to Holland, but jumps off, swimming to Manhattan, and losing his wallet on shore. He is elated at what he sees, the skyscrapers, the automobiles and the opulence. While stealing doughnuts from a lunch table for girls rehearsing for a show, he befriends 19-year-old chorus girl, Sylvia Dennis, who then lets him sleep on the roof of her apartment building. Her young brother, Frank, gets him a job selling newspapers and he gradually works up into driving a cab. Meanwhile, romance blossoms, and when authorities threaten to send Frank to a young boys' home until Sylvia gets married, Karel proposes and Sylvia accepts. But the spectre of his illegal status causes him to see a lawyer about becoming a citizen. He unknowingly goes to shyster Halsey J. Pander, who turns him in for the money. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Czech

Release Date:

11 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El embrujo de Manhattan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Karel Novak: [Rapturously] Oh, America!
Sylvia Dennis: The way you say America it sounds like you thought it were Heaven.
Karel Novak: It might be.
Sylvia Dennis: Not my idea of Heaven. Too much noise and dirt and worry about eating.
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Connections

References The Big Brain (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Francis Lederer
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lovely film
22 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers and Francis Lederer have "Romance in Manhattan" in this 1935 film directed by Stephen Roberts. The movie also features Jimmy Butler, Sidney Toler, and Donald Meek.

The handsome Lederer plays Karel Novak, an immigrant to the U.S. who is sent back as soon as he arrives because he doesn't have the required $200. He thought he only needed $50. On the return ship to his native Czechoslovakia, he jumps ship, but loses his wallet in the process. Fortunately he meets a chorus girl, Sylvia, when he's trying to steal food. He winds up sleeping on the roof of the apartment building where Sylvia lives with her brother Frankie (Butler). Frankie helps Karel get a job delivering newspapers. Later on, Karel becomes a cab driver, all with the goal of earning the necessary $200 so he can stay in America.

What a wonderful movie, very heartwarming, with fine performances, especially by Lederer. Irving Thalberg intended to make Lederer a huge star in the U.S., but he died, and it didn't happen. Nevertheless, the European star made some fine films both in Europe and here, moved into television, started an acting school, and taught acting until he died at age 100. When he worked with Louise Brooks in Die Büchse der Pandora in 1929, he knew no English, and Brooks knew no German. Here he gives a witty, charming and sincere performance as Karel.

Ginger Rogers looks beautiful as Sylvia - she was 24 - and gives an excellent performance, sharing good chemistry with both Lederer and Butler.

Very sweet film, well directed, not cloying or overly sentimental. Loved it.


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