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Tales of Manhattan (1942)

A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Ben Hecht (original story and screenplay), Ferenc Molnár (original story and screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Paul Orman
Rita Hayworth ... Ethel Halloway
Ginger Rogers ... Diane
Henry Fonda ... George
Charles Laughton ... Charles Smith
Edward G. Robinson ... Avery L. 'Larry' Browne
Paul Robeson ... Luke
Ethel Waters ... Esther
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Reverend Lazarus
Thomas Mitchell ... John Halloway
Eugene Pallette ... Luther
Cesar Romero ... Harry Wilson
Gail Patrick ... Ellen
Roland Young ... Edgar
Marion Martin ... 'Squirrel'
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1943 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Stars Over Manhattan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film appeared in the begining of the M*A*S*H episode, "Morale Victory" Season 9. 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

Ellen: [crying] "Aw Diane, marriage stinks!"
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Connections

Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bacchanale Moderne
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Music by Sol Kaplan
Played in the concert hall
Conducted by Charles Laughton
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A TCF Showcase
13 December 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie's a pretty good look at some of TCF's top stars of the day. The plot amounts to a series of vignettes that follow a dress coat as it gets passed around to a series of new owners. The trouble is the coat is supposed to be cursed so we expect some adversity to befall each new owner. Some vignettes, of course, are better than others. Personally I liked the Rogers- Fonda farcical 20-minutes best. On the other hand, I can see why the WC Fields episode was dropped from many versions since it's not the grouchy comedian at his best. (I also suspect the rather gross anatomical drawing behind his lectern didn't help.)

As a movie, it's certainly different, something of a showcase and, my gosh, was Rita Hayworth ever any lovelier than here. Pairing her with a pixie-ish Thomas Mitchell as a cuckolded husband was a masterstroke. Watch how slyly he asserts himself against the over-confident Boyer. Robinson gets the most extended screen time as a down-and-out lawyer trying to impress his old school chums. I'm just sorry we didn't get to hear more of Paul Robeson's wonderful bass voice in the final darktown jubilee section. Nonetheless, it's a sprightly and satisfying way to end the saga of the accursed dress coat.

The movie comes across today as an exception to the standard studio product, but is cleverly set up with a dash of humor and a touch of timeless human interest.


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