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The Man with a Cloak (1951)

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

Director:

Fletcher Markle

Writers:

Frank Fenton (written for the screen by), John Dickson Carr (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Dupin
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lorna Bounty
Louis Calhern ... Charles Francois Thevenet
Leslie Caron ... Madeline Minot
Joe De Santis ... Joseph Martin
Jim Backus ... Flaherty
Margaret Wycherly ... Emma Flynn
Richard Hale ... Durand
Nicholas Joy ... Dr. Roland
Roy Roberts ... Policeman
Mitchell Lewis ... Waiter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentleman from Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$882,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$441,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$763,000, 31 December 1951
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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

This film bombed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $455,000 ($4.5M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Flaherty: And to show you I have indeed read the book, it says in Ecclesiastes "Money answereth all things".
Dupin: In bitterness, Flaherty, it was said in bitterness!
Flaherty: That's the way I was asking for it.
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Soundtracks

Another Yesterday
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Performed by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Harriet Lee)
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Poetic Justice
30 May 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1848 New York, mysterious wanderer Joseph Cotten (as "Dupin") watches pretty young Leslie Caron (as Madeline Minot) arrive from Paris, France. She is looking for her lover's wealthy grandfather, Louis Calhern (as Charles Thevenet). Penniless and thirsty for wine, Mr. Cotten meets Ms. Caron and the two form a bond. Caron wants Mr. Calhern to finance the French Revolution. Caron finds Calhern is very ill, and expected to die. Moreover, she suspects actress-turned-housekeeper Barbara Stanwyck (as Lorna Bounty) and her staff may be helping the old man into his grave. Nice work from photographer George J. Folsey and the MGM crew. Clearly, director Fletcher Markle should have received more film assignments. The mystery involving Cotten's alcoholic character plays out as gimmicky and false, but "The Man with a Cloak" is worth an invitation.

****** The Man with a Cloak (11/27/51) Fletcher Markle ~ Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron, Louis Calhern


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