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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stars Over Manhattan  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the American Film Institute (AFI) List - "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars" - TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942) is the feature film that contains the most screen legends from that list with 4 stars: Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth and Edward G. Robinson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charles Smith's Bullying Boss: [Annoyed that the pianist in his low rent bar is playing classical, not boogie-woogie] Whatta yuh think I'm payin' yuh for, mug? Music, not moider! Good music - get it?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetual Motion (Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the concert hall rehearsal
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Gets 7 points for the Stars Alone
2 June 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

I've never seen this film in a TV listing that I can remember, which is amazing considering the magnitude of its cast. Probably the best segment is the opening one, with Rita Hayworth (at her most glamorous), Charles Boyer (who is a bit too dramatic), & the ever effective Thomas Mitchell. The Ginger Rogers/ Henry Fonda/ Cesar Romero segment is OK. The Charles Laughton/ Elsa Lanchester segment is pretty good. Although I'm a big WC Fields fan, this was not his best work, although it had a couple of very funny moments (I'm surprised that I've never seen clips from this film on any of the bios about him). The Edward G. Robinson/ George Sanders segment was a bit too intellectual, but well acted (& it was great seeing a young Robinson do scenes I've never seen before). The film ended strongly with an all-black segment featuring Paul Robeson/ Ethel Waters/ Rochester, with the great Clarence Muse in a small part. As an extra treat, this last segment contained a song by Robeson, but the sets for this segment were Broadway stage-like, & not realistic looking like the rest of the film (compare the painted back-drops here with the realism of the Robinson alleyway in an earlier segment). Even if you don't enjoy the story segments, anyone who likes great actors/actresses of the 1930s - 1940s must see this film. I rate it 8/10.


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