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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 »

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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)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 26 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 12 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Saturday 3 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 January 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). 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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Soundtracks

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