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Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 September 1942 (USA)
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

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Cast

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Ethel Halloway
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Diane
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George
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Charles Smith
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Avery L. 'Larry' Browne
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Luke
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Esther
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Rev. Lazarus
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John Halloway
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Luther
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Harry Wilson
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Ellen
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Edgar
Marion Martin ...
'Squirrel'
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Storyline

An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat discover, misfortune can often lead to truth. Written by Richard Blinkal <phelam@netcom.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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24 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stars Over Manhattan  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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| (restored)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Amused by Charles Boyer's thick French accent, Rita Hayworth giggled her way through the filming of their love scenes together. See more »

Goofs

The small single engine plane flown by J. Carroll Naish after he robs the charity event could not possibly have carried enough gas to fly him from Mew York to the Deep South, where the coat gets thrown from the plane. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Halloway: Please don't point a gun in the house.
John Halloway: [Referring to his gun by its pet name] Don't worry. 'The Colonel's' not loaded. I may be a trifle but not 'The Colonel.'
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Connections

Featured in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(aka "Alma Mater") (uncredited)
Music from the song "Annie Lisle"
Written by H.S. Thompson
Played during the alley scene
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Stories of tails
12 April 1999 | by (Anchorage, AK) – See all my reviews

For a brief period in cinema history, the anthology film was all the rage. Movies like "Flesh and Fantasy" and "O. Henry's Full House" used large casts to tell several interlocked stories. "Tales of Manhattan" is the best of the anthology films, following the adventures of a tuxedo's tailcoat as it passes through the hands of several diverse people in New York. There's Charles Boyer, the Broadway actor who is carrying on an illicit affair; there's Henry Fonda who is helping Cesar Romero get out of a sticky situation with his fiancee Ginger Rogers (along the way, Fonda and Rogers fall in love and have one of the best-written love scenes to ever hit the screen); there's Charles Laughton who seeks one shot at glory conducting an orchestra; and, in the most touching and rewarding of the tales, there's Edward G. Robinson, a down-and-out bum who has been invited to his college reunion. If you're looking for an all-star cast and a first-rate cinema experience, "Tales of Manhattan" is the one. I consistently put this movie at the top of my all-time favorites.


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