Tales of Manhattan (1942)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethel Halloway
Charles Smith
Avery L. 'Larry' Browne
Rev. Lazarus
John Halloway
Harry Wilson
Gail Patrick ...


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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Release Date:

24 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stars Over Manhattan  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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| (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequence where J. Carroll Naish breaks into the store to steal the coat was shot after it was decided to cut the Fields episode and substitute the shorter Niah sequence. See more »


Even though the audience has seen a close-up of Charles Boyer's bullet wound behind the left side of his jacket, when he turns to say goodbye to Mitchell and Hayworth the left side of the jacket lifts, and there is no bloodstain. See more »


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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A Hot Time in the Old Town
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played when the booze is being poured into the coconut milk
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some parts are very good, some parts are great==overall an exceptional flick
11 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is made up of many vignettes featuring many capable stars--all centering on the same second-hand tuxedo as it is passed on from one owner to the next. I won't try to elaborate on all the segments, as one of the previous reviewers did a very thorough job of describing them. However, they are all extremely well-crafted and engaging. I would also agree that stylistically, this film is reminiscent of IF I HAD A MILLION, though the stories in Tales of Manhattan are generally less funny but more polished.

The one portion of the movie that really stood out for me was the one featuring the down-and-out Edward G. Robinson attending his college class reunion (from Harvard, I think). He goes in a tattered old hand-me-down tux hoping to fool his old chums into thinking he's made it in life. You really feel for the guy in his plight--especially when a mean-spirited member of the class seeks to expose the ruse! So give it a try, why don't ya?

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