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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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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 ...
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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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24 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Stars Over Manhattan  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Robeson's final film. 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: Do you know what it's like to look into a woman's eyes when she's lying.
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Connections

Spoofed in Ratataa eller The Staffan Stolle Story (1956) See more »

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Glory Day
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Delightful successor to "If I Had a Million"
12 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another variation of the same theme was used by writer Charles

Beaumont on Rod Serling's TWILIGHT ZONE. That story was

entitled DEAD MAN'S SHOES. In the TV drama, the shoes are

taken by a derelict and his life becomes that of the deceased man

from whom he took them.

The only problem with this film is that it was made in 1942, when

the American film studios were asked to show support for

Communist Russia. The concluding sermon by Paul Robeson is

more Marxist then Pro-Soviet, but its message will still haunt those

who were blacklisted for their support of Royalist Spain, or made

the mistake of attending Communist meetings in the early 1940's.

I still rank it as a must see, and I hope that the VHS edition will

become available as a DVD.


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