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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round


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  • Actors: Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak, James Gleason, Ted Lewis & His Orchestra
  • Directors: Charles Reisner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031XYLSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Leo Carrillo turns in a hilarious performance as mob boss Tony Gordoni, who takes over a New York record company and proceeds to strong-arm singing stars into signing with the label.

Cab Calloway & His Cotton Club Orchestra provide one of the many highlights in a musical cavalcade that includes crooner Phil Regan, Ted Lewis and his orchestra and many others. Yankee baseball great Joe DiMaggio met his future wife Dorothy Arnold on the set. Female lead Ann Dvorak rose to fame in Howard Hughes' 1932 production of Scarface but contract disputes with her bosses at Warners' saw her relegated to "B" roles including Flame Of Barbary Coast (1945) and The Return Of Jesse James (1950).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2013
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3 ½ stars

I've seen better musicals, but Manhattan Merry-Go-Round did entertain me as light, escapist fare with a few interesting plot twists and some comparatively well done numbers. Some of the actors did a great job while others could have worked harder at acting more convincingly; for example, when Kay Thompson (playing herself) is singing along with a chorus of young ladies sometimes the chorus seems cheerful and at other times--in the same sequence--the chorus looks quite sad as if a funeral has just broken out! The choreography is rather good but the cinematography is also uneven--at times the camera was very well used but again (and this is just one example) in the scene that has Kay Thompson with the chorus, the camera at times makes it appear as if Kay and the chorus were looking at each other yet at other times it is clear that the chorus is looking straight ahead and therefore not at Kay who is sitting at the piano looking straight ahead from her own perspective! The plot moves along well although they could have edited out a few minutes to make the action tighter but then again the background musical score does enhance the film. The quality of the print could have been better but at least my copy wasn't tinted green as another reviewer notes.

When the action starts, we meet gangster Tony Gordoni (Leo Carrillo) and his "boys;" Tony has just taken over a recording studio that makes records but Tony doesn't even understand what making records actually is! They make fun of the gangster film genre with this angle to the plot because Tony doesn't appear knowledgeable about something as basic as making records for people to play on record players which was common at the time; they didn't have CDs like we do now! There is some stereotyping of Italian people as well (ouch).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BobL on July 7, 2012
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I was tipped off about "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" by mention of it in Kostya Kennedy's marvelous book "56." It was on the set of the movie that Joe DiMaggio met his drop dead gorgeous first wife Dorothy Arnold. "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" was also for nearly two decades the name of a popular music program on NBC radio. Like the movie, it also sought to capture the atmosphere of a night club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mason von Mason on October 19, 2011
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I bought this because it had Ann Dvorak,but it is BAD,dull,I made it about halfway and gave up,plus its mostly tinted green for God knows why!
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