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The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 May 1952 (Australia)

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In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune.

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Lorna Bounty
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Charles Francois Thevenet
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Madeline Minot
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Joseph Martin
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Emma Flynn
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Durand
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Dr. Roland
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Mitchell Lewis ...
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In 1848, a young Frenchwoman, Madeline Minot, goes to New York City to see Thevenet, the grandfather of her fiance. Thevenet had been with Napoleon and may be sympathetic to the political aims of his grandson. She finds the old man in very bad spirits, living in a large house with a housekeeper and a butler who are just waiting for him to die (and perhaps helping him along a bit) so they can inherit his fortune. They see Madeline as a threat to their plans. She is aided in her dealings with these strange people by a mysterious man in a cloak. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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What strange hold did this man have over the lives of these two beautiful women ?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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16 May 1952 (Australia)  »

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$882,000 (estimated)
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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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After the first meeting with Madeleine, Charles Theverner addresses his pet raven named Villon, after the French poet François Villon, and quotes from Villon's "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" ("Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past"): "Où sont les neiges d'antant?" ("Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear!"). Later, Dupin quotes the same Ballad in English. He also reads from the book a few lines of Edgar Poe's "The Raven." See more »

Quotes

Flaherty: Some men leave goodwill. Others just a will.
Dupin: There are even some that leave two wills.
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Soundtracks

Another Yesterday
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Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Performed by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Harriet Lee)
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Victorian noir, indeed
20 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not in the top drawer of mystery films of the era, the film should come as a pleasant surprise for those interested in the period and definitely will register with films of the noir genre. The plot is difficult to sum up quickly but rest assured that it is literary and interesting, involves at least one or two good twists and sports a fine cast of players better known for work in more famous films. Joseph Cotten is particularly fine as the man of mystery who foils an attempt to rob the inheritance related to the demise of an old reprobate (Louis Calhern) in 1840's New York. Throw in Barbara Stanwyck at her most sultry and Leslie Carone at her most innocent and you have a film that does not exactly match the excitement generated by the opening scenes but holds one's attention nonetheless.


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