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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Sam Levene Henry Fonda
  • Directors: Leigh Jason
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO RADIO
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029BK1PW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mad Miss Manton" on IMDb

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Dizzy heiress Melsa Manton and her manicured band of Park Avenue pranksters think Manhattan is an amusement park built just for them. So when Melsa stumbles across a murder victim, the pranksters decide to play detective. The only trouble is that the murderer is playing too - for keeps.

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The cast is great and everyone does great job.
P. Marshall
The police don't believe her, her friends don't believe her, and the editor of the newspaper (a very handsome Fonda) writes a scathing column about her.
CodeMaster Talon
I guess you can try to differentiate among the seven debs, but none of them really stand out.
H. Bala

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is a wonderful screwball comedy that stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. They showed that they had a nack for comedy as well as drama which really up to this time, that's all they had done. The film starts out with Melson Manson coming home to her 5th Ave highrise after a costume charity ball to walk her dogs at 3am. While she's tending to one little dog, she see's her high society friend Ronny leaving the Lane Mansion. She goes into the mansion that's been closed up for awhile only to discover a dead body. She calls for the police and when they get there the body is missing and the police figure it's just another one of her tricks. A sociaty dame that had too much time on her hands. She gets a very unkind write up in the paper by the editor Peter (Fonda) and takes an instant dislike to him. He on the other hand takes an instant liking to her. She gathers her group of sociaty girl debutants (A bunch of unknown starletts that never did another thing in movies, except Penny Singleton who went on to be Blondie in the Blondie series) to investigate the murder in the Lane Mansion. As they are going around the crime scene, Peter joins them. They tie him up and leave him there to go on to Ronnie's place so he can explain why he was at the mansion. Well, the group finds another dead body that the police once again thinks is a hoax, so they leave the body on Peter's office couch. This time the police round the girls up in the middle of the night to question them. (this is a funny scene the way the police are questioning them.) Peter helps the girls get out of the questioning only to put them back in the hand of police once more. As they were leaving the station, the police put two of the girls in the rumble seat of a car, where one of the debs discovers the body of Mr Lane.Read more ›
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I beg to differ with Scotsladdy. This is silliness carried to a delicious extreme. Stanwyck as a sleuthing debutante gets to be fearless, witty and gorgeous at the same time as she carries on a Taming of the Shrew-type class-war romance with youthful class warrior Fonda. There are no profound depths here, but many laughs(including quite a few by Hattie McDaniels), and the feminist slant of the plot--maligned Junior Leaguers aim to show up scoffing police--is great fun.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Schielmann on June 5, 2005
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I, too, disagree with scotsladdie - this movie is an absolute gem, and I've been hoping for several years to see this one come out on DVD! This is one of my favorite B&W comedies, with an enchantingly headstrong heroine and her equally (and charmingly) stubborn suitor. And, oh, yes - it's a mystery, too. I must say, I greatly prefer it to movies such as Bringing Up Baby (much as I like Cary Grant and K. Hepburn), in which the so-called hero is too muddled to attempt to hold his ground against a female as featherheaded as himself.

You know, I heard somewhere that Mad Miss Manton was the first "screwball comedy" to use regular actors/actresses instead of those that specialized in comic performance. If so, it was an absolute stroke of genius! Should you have an appreciation for quick wit and the eternal battle of the sexes, might I recommend Mad Miss Manton?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 1, 2009
Format: DVD
What has THE THIN MAN wrought? True, other madcap mysteries had arrived to cinema before Nick & Nora Charles's oh so memorable debut, but it was THE THIN MAN series which propelled this sub-genre into prominence. Anyway, THE MAD MISS MANTON came along in 1938, and was one of the better variations on the theme. It paired Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda for their first of three films, with THE MAD MISS MANTON considered by many as a sort of dress rehearsal for their later screwball classic The Lady Eve - Criterion Collection (the third film they co-starred in is YOU BELONG TO ME).

The plot: Late one night, while walking her dog, Park Avenue heiress Melsa Manton espies a corpse. The police arrive in ten minutes, but in the interim the corpse vanishes. Thing is, Melsa and her flighty high society gal pals had garnered a reputation around the city as prankish merry makers (all for the cause of charity, the girls declare), and now the police believe that this is only the latest antic being pulled by Melsa. A newspaper editor sends out a blistering editorial condemning Miss Manton and accusing her of a murder hoax. In the face of the police's naked disbelief and the newspaper's disregard, Melsa Manton takes it upon herself to unearth the corpse and solve the murder mystery. Never mind that she's promptly threatened with an anonymous note and a knife on her door. Oh, and she also sues the paper for libel.

Rumor has it that Henry Fonda didn't care at all for his part, but he turns in a professional performance anyway. This film is more a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck, an actress who really could do it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Olsen on July 17, 2010
Format: DVD
This has long been a favorite classic comedy of mine and for years all I had was a taped version from the TV. It is a good thing that is finally available, but I think it deserves better treatment than DVD-R.

Other reviewers have thoroughly covered the storyline. I just want to add that I think Henry Fonda is at his best here in a role that shows him as strong, yet vulnerable. Barbara Stanwyck is flighty, yet smart and they have great chemistry together. If you haven't seen them together in "The Lady Eve," you have a delightful treat in store. Both of these movies of theirs are classic examples of true entertainment.

Be advised that the manufacturer recommends that this DVD-R type media be played in DVD players only, so if you have a DVD player/recorder you may have trouble with it.
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