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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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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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An Experience You'll never forget !

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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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$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

W.C. Fields appeared in a chapter that was cut from the final theatrical version. It has been restored to the 1996 VHS version. Also in the segment are Margaret Dumont Marcel Dalio, and Phil Silvers. 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

Paul Orman: What did you want to say about guns, Mr. Halloway?
John Halloway: Ever use 'em?
Paul Orman: Yes, on the stage.
Paul Orman: Shoot 'em?
Paul Orman: On the stage.
John Halloway: Not real bullts?
Paul Orman: No.
John Halloway: Just blanks, eh?
Paul Orman: Yes, only blanks. We actors prefer them.
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Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played when the booze is being poured into the coconut milk
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Interesting tales about tails
20 March 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a clever frame story that follows the "experiences" of a formal tails jacket from the upper crust of the idle rich down through all levels of society. The all-star cast give great performances in five well-written stories.

The film's theme has to do with the American Dream and what it really means. To some it is just social pretense and money. But to others, it is the right to express one's own art, to retain one's dignity, and to live free from fear of poverty.

This is a charming and moving film. Don't pass it up.


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