Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.
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.
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.
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.
The following contains a restored sequence starring W.C. Fields which was not included in the original theatrical release of "Tales of Manhattan."
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.