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Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 March 1943 (Portugal)
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 !

Genres:

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

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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

At about 00:17:00 minutes, John Halloway (Thomas Mitchell) says: "Three years ago, I got an elk. There he is!" However, the animal head, mounted on the wall, that he points to is a stag, not an elk. See more »

Quotes

Avery L. 'Larry' Browne: What I really came for is to, well, you might say I was chasing a will-o'-the-wisp. For awhile there, I thought, perhaps I'd found it.
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Alternate Versions

Some scenes featuring W.C. Fields were filmed but cut from the movie before release. The US video version restores this unseen footage. In this 9 minute sequence, Phil Silvers and Marcel Dalio played the Santelli Brothers who owned the used clothing store where Fields bought the dinner jacket. Margaret Dumont played a wealthy woman who hired Fields to give a lecture on the evils of alcohol. The J. Carroll Naish episode was filmed and substituted for the longer Fields episode after it was cut. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Ratataa eller The Staffan Stolle Story (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

In That Great Gettin' Up Morning
Traditional, arranged by Jester Hairston
Sung by the Hall Johnson Choir
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Gets 7 points for the Stars Alone
2 June 2003 | by wrbtuSee all my reviews

I've never seen this film in a TV listing that I can remember, which is amazing considering the magnitude of its cast. Probably the best segment is the opening one, with Rita Hayworth (at her most glamorous), Charles Boyer (who is a bit too dramatic), & the ever effective Thomas Mitchell. The Ginger Rogers/ Henry Fonda/ Cesar Romero segment is OK. The Charles Laughton/ Elsa Lanchester segment is pretty good. Although I'm a big WC Fields fan, this was not his best work, although it had a couple of very funny moments (I'm surprised that I've never seen clips from this film on any of the bios about him). The Edward G. Robinson/ George Sanders segment was a bit too intellectual, but well acted (& it was great seeing a young Robinson do scenes I've never seen before). The film ended strongly with an all-black segment featuring Paul Robeson/ Ethel Waters/ Rochester, with the great Clarence Muse in a small part. As an extra treat, this last segment contained a song by Robeson, but the sets for this segment were Broadway stage-like, & not realistic looking like the rest of the film (compare the painted back-drops here with the realism of the Robinson alleyway in an earlier segment). Even if you don't enjoy the story segments, anyone who likes great actors/actresses of the 1930s - 1940s must see this film. I rate it 8/10.


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