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Manhattan Tower (film)

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Manhattan Tower
Directed byFrank R. Strayer
Written byNorman Houston
Story byDavid Hempstead
Produced byLarry Darmour (executive producer)
A.E. Lefcourt (producer)
StarringMary Brian
James Hall
Irene Rich
Wade Boteler
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Production
company
Remington Pictures
Distributed byRemington Pictures
Release date
  • December 1, 1932 (1932-12-01)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Manhattan Tower is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Frank R. Strayer starring Mary Brian and James Hall.

Plot

James Hall and Mary Brian
James Hall and Mary Brian

Mary Harper and Jimmy Duncan both work at the Empire State Building, he as an engineer, she as a secretary. They would like to marry and buy a house that they saw advertised in a window in the building lobby, but they need more money.

Mary asks her womanizing boss for advice, and he persuades her to give him all her savings to invest. Unbeknownst to her, the boss has speculated in the commodity market, and lost not only his money and that of his wealthy wife, but also some of the firm's funds too. His wife would like to quietly divorce him to marry her politician friend, but the husband asks her for money to avoid a scandal. When Mary changes her mind and asks for the return of her savings, her boss refuses and mistreats her. That causes a confrontation between Jimmy and Mary's boss, and they fight. Meanwhile, the politician and an honest accountant of the firm, who discovered his superior's misdeeds but kept silent, fearing to lose his job, decide to confront Mary's boss. During the fight, he takes a gun from a drawer, and menaces them all. He trips and falls through a window to his death. The witnesses decide to declare it a suicide and go on with their lives.

There are other intertwining stories of people who work at the Empire State Building, and a bank run started by a casual comment by the politician's secretary.

Cast

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