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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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Taglines:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

W.C. Fields appeared in a chapter that was cut from the final theatrical version. It has been restored to the 1996 VHS version. Also in the segment are Margaret Dumont Marcel Dalio, and Phil Silvers. However, when it was released in DVD, the Fields episode was deleted again. 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

Paul Orman: Madly, stupidly, blindly.
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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

Featured in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
Played when the booze is being poured into the coconut milk
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Interesting tales about tails
20 March 1999 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This is a clever frame story that follows the "experiences" of a formal tails jacket from the upper crust of the idle rich down through all levels of society. The all-star cast give great performances in five well-written stories.

The film's theme has to do with the American Dream and what it really means. To some it is just social pretense and money. But to others, it is the right to express one's own art, to retain one's dignity, and to live free from fear of poverty.

This is a charming and moving film. Don't pass it up.


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