Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.


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1 win.

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20 March 1999 | mermatt
Interesting tales about tails
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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Trivia

This was Paul Robeson's last movie because he was disgusted with the stereotypical caricature of African - Americans. He hoped this film would be a realistic view of poor sharecroppers, but it was not. Note the idea of shared use of land, in effect, a Communist collective. This concept was inserted by Robeson, who was a follower of Communism. He was later blacklisted for his beliefs.


Quotes

Edgar: He'll probably have double vision after he has this.
Diane: What's that?
Edgar: Um, a health drink.
Diane: Judas! What's in it besides embalming fluid?
Edgar: Tabasco sauce, spirits of ammonia, red pepper, brandy, and a jigger of milk.
Diane: I suppose it's the milk that packs the wallop.
Edgar: ...


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.


Crazy Credits

The following contains a restored sequence starring W.C. Fields which was not included in the original theatrical release of "Tales of Manhattan."


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.


Soundtracks

Glory Day
(uncredited)
Music by
Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Paul Robeson

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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