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


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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

28 August 1942 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

La vida es así  »

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Technical Specs


| (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Garfield had to be loaned out from Warner Brothers to play the role of Danny after producer Sam Zimbalist unsuccessfully tried to get Anthony Quinn for the role. See more »


Torrelli: [as Pilon is daning with his wife] You're too close!
Pilon: It's a small room, Torelli!
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Featured in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »


Ay, Ay, Paisano!
(1942) (uncredited)
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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4 February 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This movie is full of surprises, not the least is the casting. (Was that "Toto" as "one of the boys"?) So many of the cast are in our movie memory banks. It's a well-acted, well-scripted film that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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