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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 ...
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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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24 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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

Joe: [Standing by the bar] You've been around here about five years now, Larry.
Avery L. 'Larry' Browne: Six!
Joe: And every day for six years you've been talkin' about goin' uptown... getting on your feet again... away from all this... but you always seem to need one more drink to get yuh nerve up. Maybe if you didn't get it up, some day you might really go.
Avery L. 'Larry' Browne: [Defensively] You know, I know what I'm doing.
Joe: Oh, sure you do, sur...
Avery L. 'Larry' Browne: [Interrupting defensively] I do't want anyone preaching to me.
Joe: Did I ever tell you not to take it? If ...
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Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Bacchanale Moderne
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Music by Sol Kaplan
Played in the concert hall
Conducted by Charles Laughton
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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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