Romance in Manhattan (1935)

75 or 78 mins | Comedy-drama | 11 January 1935

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HISTORY

According to the SAB , the script of this film was developed from an original idea "proposed" by Don Hartman and a "screen story" by Norman Krasna. A plot synopsis in MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" differs considerably from the actual screen story. In the pre-release synopsis, the Francis Lederer character is a young Balkan shepherd who, after being fleeced of his money by a crook selling sheep in Central Park, becomes a star singing waiter, marries a girl from the country, loses her, then gets her back the American way, through divorce. According to a HR news item, director Stephen Roberts replaced Sidney Lanfield, who had been replaced on the 1933 RKO film Melody Cruise by Mark Sandrich, who was originally slated to direct this production. The NYT review mentions the use of the Dunning process of rear projection in this film. Modern sources credit Mel Berns with makeup and John Miehle as still photographer and add the following additional cast members: Christian Rub ( Immigrant ), Frank Sheridan ( Customs inspector ), Irving Bacon ( Counterman ), Andy Clyde ( Scottish liquor store owner ... More Less

According to the SAB , the script of this film was developed from an original idea "proposed" by Don Hartman and a "screen story" by Norman Krasna. A plot synopsis in MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" differs considerably from the actual screen story. In the pre-release synopsis, the Francis Lederer character is a young Balkan shepherd who, after being fleeced of his money by a crook selling sheep in Central Park, becomes a star singing waiter, marries a girl from the country, loses her, then gets her back the American way, through divorce. According to a HR news item, director Stephen Roberts replaced Sidney Lanfield, who had been replaced on the 1933 RKO film Melody Cruise by Mark Sandrich, who was originally slated to direct this production. The NYT review mentions the use of the Dunning process of rear projection in this film. Modern sources credit Mel Berns with makeup and John Miehle as still photographer and add the following additional cast members: Christian Rub ( Immigrant ), Frank Sheridan ( Customs inspector ), Irving Bacon ( Counterman ), Andy Clyde ( Scottish liquor store owner ). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Sep 34
p. 1.
Daily Variety
19 Oct 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 Nov 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Nov 34
p. 11.
HF
22 Sep 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 33
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Oct 34
pp. 45-46.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Dec 34
pp. 38-39.
New York Times
18 Jan 35
p. 29.
Variety
22 Jan 35
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 January 1935
Production Date:
14 September--19 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 January 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5255
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
389
SYNOPSIS

When Czechoslovakian immigrant and would-be farmer Karel Novak arrives at Ellis Island, he discovers that the entrance fee has been raised to $200, $142 more than he has in his wallet. Hauled back to the steamship for deportation, Karel jumps overboard and swims ashore but loses his money on the dock. Penniless, he wanders the Manhattan streets until he meets Sylvia Dennis, a pretty nineteen-year-old chorus girl who catches him stealing doughnuts from the rehearsal hall. Sylvia takes Karel to her apartment and introduces him to her young brother Frank, whom she cares for and supports. After selling newspapers with Frank, Karel, who sleeps on Sylvia's rooftop each night, gets a job as a cab driver and dreams of becoming a millionaire so that he can marry Sylvia. When Frank is caught for truancy, the presiding judge orders him to live at the Benton Institution until the now unemployed Sylvia gets married. Desperate to help Sylvia but worried about his illegal alien status, Karel contacts Halsey J. Pander, a crooked lawyer who secretly reports him to the authorities for money. On the day that Frank is taken away, Karel is picked up and sent to the police station with Sylvia. Although Pander insists that Karel be deported, Murphy, a sympathetic policeman, rallies his fellow officers to thwart the shyster and make Karel a citizen and Sylvia's husband before the morning ... +


When Czechoslovakian immigrant and would-be farmer Karel Novak arrives at Ellis Island, he discovers that the entrance fee has been raised to $200, $142 more than he has in his wallet. Hauled back to the steamship for deportation, Karel jumps overboard and swims ashore but loses his money on the dock. Penniless, he wanders the Manhattan streets until he meets Sylvia Dennis, a pretty nineteen-year-old chorus girl who catches him stealing doughnuts from the rehearsal hall. Sylvia takes Karel to her apartment and introduces him to her young brother Frank, whom she cares for and supports. After selling newspapers with Frank, Karel, who sleeps on Sylvia's rooftop each night, gets a job as a cab driver and dreams of becoming a millionaire so that he can marry Sylvia. When Frank is caught for truancy, the presiding judge orders him to live at the Benton Institution until the now unemployed Sylvia gets married. Desperate to help Sylvia but worried about his illegal alien status, Karel contacts Halsey J. Pander, a crooked lawyer who secretly reports him to the authorities for money. On the day that Frank is taken away, Karel is picked up and sent to the police station with Sylvia. Although Pander insists that Karel be deported, Murphy, a sympathetic policeman, rallies his fellow officers to thwart the shyster and make Karel a citizen and Sylvia's husband before the morning deadline. +

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