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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

OH, THE THINGS THEY DO IN TORTILLA FLAT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

John Garfield had to be loaned out from Warner Brothers to play the role of Danny after producer Sam Zimbalist unsuccessfully tried to get Anthony Quinn for the role. 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

Pilon: He makes a good speech.
Daniel Alvarez: Yeah, like an old goat in the moonlight!
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer-colorized version. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Tortilla Flaps (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Great film
10 December 2006 | by theredflyerSee 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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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

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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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