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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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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)  »

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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

Amused by Charles Boyer's thick French accent, Rita Hayworth giggled her way through the filming of their love scenes together. 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 New York to the Deep South, where the coat gets thrown from the plane. 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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Bacchanale Moderne
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Music by Sol Kaplan
Played in the concert hall
Conducted by Charles Laughton
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A TCF Showcase
13 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

The movie's a pretty good look at some of TCF's top stars of the day. The plot amounts to a series of vignettes that follow a dress coat as it gets passed around to a series of new owners. The trouble is the coat is supposed to be cursed so we expect some adversity to befall each new owner. Some vignettes, of course, are better than others. Personally I liked the Rogers- Fonda farcical 20-minutes best. On the other hand, I can see why the WC Fields episode was dropped from many versions since it's not the grouchy comedian at his best. (I also suspect the rather gross anatomical drawing behind his lectern didn't help.)

As a movie, it's certainly different, something of a showcase and, my gosh, was Rita Hayworth ever any lovelier than here. Pairing her with a pixie-ish Thomas Mitchell as a cuckolded husband was a masterstroke. Watch how slyly he asserts himself against the over-confident Boyer. Robinson gets the most extended screen time as a down-and-out lawyer trying to impress his old school chums. I'm just sorry we didn't get to hear more of Paul Robeson's wonderful bass voice in the final darktown jubilee section. Nonetheless, it's a sprightly and satisfying way to end the saga of the accursed dress coat.

The movie comes across today as an exception to the standard studio product, but is cleverly set up with a dash of humor and a touch of timeless human interest.


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