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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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Reverend 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
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'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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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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Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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

At about 00:17:00 minutes, John Halloway (Thomas Mitchell) says: "Three years ago, I got an elk. There he is!" However, the animal head, mounted on the wall, that he points to is a stag, not an elk. 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

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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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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