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Tortilla Flat (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  28 August 1942 (Portugal)
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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 Sweets Ramirez
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Danny
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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 Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino ...
Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana ...
Arthur Space ...
Mr. Brown
Betty Wells ...
Cesca
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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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They're Strong For Wine, Women and Song. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

Torrelli: [as Pilon is daning with his wife] You're too close!
Pilon: It's a small room, Torelli!
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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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Much more than a comedy
6 February 2005 | by (Arkansas USA) – See all my reviews

If you like comedies the whole family can see and enjoy. This is a movie for you. But it is more than a good comedy of life an wonderful characters in a poor Mexican community in Monterry California. First is the most improbable casting that worked so well. I can picture Spencer Tracy cast as most any character except for a Mexican passion, wise in somethings and dumb -- plain foolish -- in others. He managed the role wonderfully. Hedy Lamar -- a peasant girl looking for a man with a job who could make her a work at home mom with many babies. She pulled it off with a sizzle. Most of all it was a very thought provoking movie. If followed the ideas of the famous book by John Stienbeck most accurately. Showing how we tend to get into ruts in life and using the wonderful Northern California landscape to show some overlooked opportunities to live well. If you want to really get into this movie read the book first.


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