A solid film with three great talents: Gable, Loy, and Powell, unfortunately directed by One Take Woody. Parts of the film are excellent but some could've been better in the hands of a more patient director. Still the film has a little bit of everything, including an atypical "down ending" by Hollywood standards. Worth checking out for first pairing of Loy and Powell, one of the great onscreen pairs. 3.5 stars
According to our actual moral standards, Clark Gable's behaviour may seem a bit ridiculous to see the least but I'm fully aware that cinema, even during the pre-code period, had to educate if not manipulate the audience. So Law and Religion will survive here while Gable, Loy and Powell will all lose their dreams in this Manhattan Melodrama not so melodramatic after all. Highly recommended.
An interesting tale of friendship and ethics, while having a peek in the interesting 30s of the USA. Starting out rather clumsy, I think the movie progresses very neatly. Two friends are on different sides of the law, by which the moral value of acting by principles or by means of friendship are explored. It's actually hard to decide whether the good is one is the bad one, or the other way round.