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Tortilla Flat (1942)

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Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pilon
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Dolores Ramirez
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Daniel Alvarez
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The Pirate
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Pablo
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Tito Ralph
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Jose Maria Corcoran
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Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Torrelli
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Portagee Joe
Henry O'Neill ...
Father Juan Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino ...
Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana ...
Arthur Space ...
Mr. Brown
Betty Wells ...
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Storyline

Danny inherits two houses so Pilon and his lazy, impoverished friends move in. One of them, Pirate, is saving money which Pilon hopes to steal till he learns it is being saved to buy a gold candlestick for St. Francis. When one of the houses burns down and Danny is hurt fighting, Pilon makes an effort to make life better for his friend. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

OH, THE THINGS THEY DO IN TORTILLA FLAT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

28 August 1942 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

La vida es así  »

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| (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The AFI Catalogue lists Sammy Fong in the role of "Squid Owner". This may have been a typographical error in studio records, since Willie Fung, who was not listed, had a very similar role. See more »

Quotes

Jose Maria Corcoran: What's the matter with him? Is he crazy?
Pilon: They say that a little love is like a little wine. Too much of either makes a man sick.
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Referenced in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Ay, Ay, Paisano!
(1942) (uncredited)
Traditional
Adapted by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played during the opening and end credits and often as background music
Played on guitar by John Garfield and sung by him, Spencer Tracy, Akim Tamiroff and Sheldon Leonard
Reprised a cappella by Spencer Tracy
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Should have been better
28 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This work turned out to be an unexpected disappointment. Heres a film from a major producer, with a respected Director and top flight cast, that just ambles along without doing any of the characters full justice.

No-one seems able to convince the viewer they are whom they play. Tracys accent is near laughable, and Garfield tends to drop in and out of his, as if he feels silly putting it on. Nearly every major character is unlikeable, with greed and drunkenness almost their only motivation. It seems the only one that succeeds is Frank Morgan as the towns humble hermit and friend to all lost dogs.

Static studio backgrounds give the film a cheapened look. The best thing about this one is Franz Waxmans melodic Music score.

Some will enjoy, but I feel most will be left wanting better. KenR............


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