Manhattan Melodrama

Synopsis: Orphans Edward "Blackie" Gallagher and Jim Wade are lifelong friends who take different paths in life. Blackie thrives on gambling and grows up to be a hard-nosed racketeer. Bookworm Wade becomes a D.A. vying for the Governorship. When Blackie's girlfriend Eleanor leaves him and marries the more down to earth Wade, Blackie harbors no resentment. In fact, their friendship is so strong that Blackie murders an attorney threatening to derail Wade's bid to become Governor. The morally straight Wade's last job as D.A. is to convict his friend of the murder, and send him to the electric chair. After he becomes Governor, Wade has the authority to commute Blackie's death sentence-- a decision that pits his high moral ethics against a lifelong friendship.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

get an honest wheel?

I've dropped enough money

in Blackie Gallagher's crooked joints.

- I'm through.

- I'm glad you are through.

I've heard enough of your beef.

- How much did you drop tonight?

- $7,500!

And I'd had more fun

throwing it down a sewer!

Give Mr. Coates $7,500.

Remember one thing, you wanted

to gamble, so you came in here.

I didn't send for you.

- But, boss, I think...

- What with? Give him the dough.

Better count it, Mr. Coates.

- Boy?

- Yes, sir.

Here, this is for you.

- For me?

- Buy yourself some yeller shoes.

I can afford to be a chump.

Is it all right for me to keep this, boss?

- No.



You're an ace-high gambler.

I'll give you a chance to get even,

if you want to.

- Would you like to bank the game?

- Against you? Certainly.

We'll bet odd or even.

We'll alternate spinning the wheel.

You got a bet.

- You? Or shall I?

- You go ahead.

You win again.

That's 40 grand.

One last bet.

- You know my yacht, the Lady Luck?

- I've heard about it.

I'll play it against the $40,000.

It's worth a lot more.

Spin it. I'm on the odd.

Seventeen. I've been playing it all night

and it wins for you.

Now I've got a yacht.

Don't change the name.

Lady Luck suits you perfectly.

I don't know,

I might name it for another lady.

- Don't tell me you're lucky in love, too?

- Me? I'm just an all-around lucky guy.

Okay. Now, ladies and gentlemen.

Your attention, please.

There's going to be a slight interruption.

Please put your chips in your pockets

and don't get excited.

All right, boys.

Just relax for a little while.

Everything's under control.

Good evening, Inspector. Come right in.

- Hello, Spud.

- Hello, boys.

- Hi, Joe. How's the missus?

- Just fine.

That's all right, folks.

Now stay just where you are.

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Oliver H.P. Garrett

Oliver H.P. Garrett (May 6, 1894 – February 22, 1952) was an American film director, writer, newspaperman, rifleman and usher. more…

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