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Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 September 1942 (USA)
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Orman
... Ethel Halloway
... Diane
... George
... Charles Smith
... Avery L. 'Larry' Browne
... Luke
... Esther
... Reverend Lazarus
... John Halloway
... Luther
... Harry Wilson
... Ellen
... Edgar
... 'Squirrel'
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An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat discover, misfortune can often lead to truth. Written by Richard Blinkal <phelam@netcom.com>

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An Experience You'll never forget !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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24 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stars Over Manhattan  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Amused by Charles Boyer's thick French accent, Rita Hayworth giggled her way through the filming of their love scenes together. See more »

Goofs

The small single engine plane flown by J. Carroll Naish after he robs the charity event could not possibly have carried enough gas to fly him from New York to the Deep South, where the coat gets thrown from the plane. See more »

Quotes

Lazar: [Looking at the brand new tailcoat on the clothes dummy] How do you like it?
Paul Orman: Fair.
Lazar: [Enthusiastically] Look at the shoulders! How do you like those lapels?
Paul Orman: [Admiringly] Beautiful.
Lazar: Ah, but it'll look better on you, sir.
Paul Orman: [Referring to the clothes dumm] o. Always looks better on him. He's more relaxed.
Paul Orman: [the group laughs politely] Luther, a flower.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetual Motion (Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the concert hall rehearsal
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Don't forget the last scene
19 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Excellent film in the genre. I agree with the previous comments with one addition. One cannot ignore the historical significance of the final scene. The last scene features the great bass singer Paul Robeson, celebrated singer-turned-actress Ethel Waters, and the memorable Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson. The scene also has the music of Hall Johnson and the Hall Johnson singers. With this stellar cast of talent the film finishes by showcasing some of the finest black talent ever in the business. Finding good recordings of the arrangements of Hall Johnson by his singers on film is very difficult to do. Here we have it included in a very entertaining film.


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