Child of Manhattan (film)

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Child of Manhattan is a 1933 American pre-Code melodrama film based on the play Child of Manhattan by Preston Sturges, which was presented on Broadway in 1932. The film was directed by Edward Buzzell and written for the screen by Gertrude Purcell, and stars Nancy Carroll, star of musical comedies at Paramount, John Boles, and cowboy star Charles "Buck" Jones.

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Child of Manhattan
theatrical poster
Directed byEdward Buzzell
Written byPreston Sturges (play)
Gertrude Purcell
StarringNancy Carroll
John Boles
Buck Jones
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byJack Dennis
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 11, 1933 (1933-02-11)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

This was the second of Sturges' plays to be adapted into a film, after Strictly Dishonorable. "Most of the wittier and more pungent lines were lost in translation."[1] "As Andrew Horton notes, Sturges appears to have had a fascination with [...] inter-class narratives, and a number of his plays, screenplays, and films contain 'sudden transitions in socioeconomic status'. [...] "His 1932 play Child of Manhattan, subsequently made into a movie by Columbia Pictures (Edward Buzzell, 1933), involves the relationship of the son of the immensely wealthy Paul Vanderkill with a dime-a-dance girl".[2]