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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.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), Benjamin Glazer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Pilon
Hedy Lamarr ... Dolores Sweets Ramirez
John Garfield ... Danny
Frank Morgan ... The Pirate
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo
Sheldon Leonard ... Tito Ralph
John Qualen ... Jose Maria Corcoran
Donald Meek ... Paul D. Cummings
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Torrelli
Allen Jenkins ... Portagee Joe
Henry O'Neill ... Father Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino Mercedes Ruffino ... Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Señora Teresina
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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They're Strong For Wine, Women and Song. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 August 1942 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida es así See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally M.G.M. wanted Anthony Quinn or Desi Arnaz for the role of Danny, Rita Hayworth as Dolores Sweets Ramirez and Maria Montez for the role of Fran(Cesca). Maria Montez was dating, who would become her second husband and father of her daughter Christina, Jean-Pierre Aumont who was under contract to Metro. Montez was under contract to Universal Pictures. M.G.M. wanted to cash in on that publicity of the romance between Aumont and Montez. Montez was as equally as big a star as Hedy Lamarr and the same type. So M.G.M. probably then decided to put Betty Wells in the role of Cesca. See more »

Goofs

In the film's initial scene where two men rest under a tree, the second man puts on his boots. He begins with the right boot but when the camera cuts to a medium shot, he is putting on the left boot. See more »

Quotes

Torrelli: [as Pilon is daning with his wife] You're too close!
Pilon: It's a small room, Torelli!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
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A Little-Known Gem From the Past
18 May 2002 | by cman2099xSee all my reviews

I find it difficult to believe that this picture is not remembered more fondly by film critics and historians. I went into this film expecting nothing more than a few chuckles and a few yawns. I was wrong! This picture should be remembered in the same light as other great comedies of the 1940's such as THE LADY EVE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, and THE BANK DICK.


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