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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

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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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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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| (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Lazar: [Looking at the brand new tailcoat on the clothes dummy] How do you like it?
Paul Orman: Fair.
Lazar: [Enthusiastically] Look at the shoulders! How do you like those lapels?
Paul Orman: [Admiringly] Beautiful.
Lazar: Ah, but it'll look better on you, sir.
Paul Orman: [Referring to the clothes dumm] o. Always looks better on him. He's more relaxed.
Paul Orman: [the group laughs politely] Luther, a flower.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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