MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
1934, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Hard gambler and racketeer Edward "Blackie" Gallagher (Clark Gable) and bookish district attorney and would-be governor Jim Wade (William Powell) have been lifelong friends, brought together by their both being orphans. When Blackie's girlfriend, Eleanor (Myrna Loy), leaves him for the more sensible Jim, there are no ill feelings between the friends, but when Blackie kills the D.A. running opposite Jim for the election of governor, Jim must face the most difficult case of his career: convicting his best friend of murder. The first of 14 onscreen pairings between Loy and Powell, and made in the same year as their most famous film, THE THIN MAN. Look for Mickey Rooney in one of his earliest roles, playing Blackie as a child. MANHATTAN MELODRAMA has become infamous as the last film seen by gangster John Dillinger before he was gunned down leaving Chicago's Biograph Theater.


GONE WITH THE WIND
1939, Warner Bros., 222 min, Dir: Victor Fleming

Southern vixen Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) only has eyes for sensitive Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) - but wise-cracking hellraiser Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) is determined to win her heart, even if that means surviving the burning of Atlanta, the destruction of Scarlett's beloved Tara and the overthrow of the Old South itself. Costarring Olivia de Havilland.


SAN FRANCISCO
1936, Warner Brothers, 115 min, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald star in this lavish MGM production scripted by Anita Loos, a prime example of the studio system at its finest. An out-of-work singer (MacDonald) and a priest (Tracy) join forces to try to reform saloon owner Gable, but history intervenes in the form of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The spectacular finale is still a wonder to behold.


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