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

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

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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.96 (2006) 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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Great film
10 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up in Monterey and I vividly remember my father speaking of these characters when he was growing up. Steinbeck sought to place these men in a motif that was similar to that of the knights of the Round Table showing all their excesses, loves, and loyalty to each other. While the film shows 1940's insensitivities it also captures a great deal of Steinbeck's purposes. It might be helpful to remember that Steinbeck wasn't writing of chicano's or even Mexicans per se, but of the creollo or Californio, i.e. the Spanish and later Mexican vaquero who ruled and reigned in Californio long before the Mexican national arrived in California.


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