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Tortilla Flat (1942)

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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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
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Father Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino ...
Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana ...
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

28 August 1942 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

La vida es así  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Pilon: Let's go down to the beach. The sky's a good place to sleep under. It is one roof that will never burn down, and it is one roof that will always be there when you wake up tomorrow.
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Connections

Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Kyrie
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Robert Mitchell
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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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