The Man with a Cloak (1951)

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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.


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  • Joseph Cotten and Barbara Stanwyck in The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • Joseph Cotten and Barbara Stanwyck in The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, and Leslie Caron in The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, and Leslie Caron in The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron, and Louis Calhern in The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • Joseph Cotten and Barbara Stanwyck in The Man with a Cloak (1951)

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15 May 2006 | krorie
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| An almost forgotten treasure
Though the mystery man is in reality no mystery man--most viewers will be able to identify the literary figure from the beginning--this movie gem now almost forgotten is well written, well acted, and well presented. It still packs a wallop, filled with thrills and suspense. Not surprisingly, the leads give outstanding performances as one would expect from the likes of Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, and Leslie Caron. What is surprising is how well Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo) as Flaherty the good-hearted if cynical bartender shines in a small part, as does Joe De Santis, now known mainly for his TV work, playing the sinister and potentially deadly Martin, the butler. Margaret Wycherly too plays Mrs. Flynn, the pessimistic yet wily housekeeper, to perfection.

The story by detective novelist John Dickson Carr while not all that original is aided by a witty script by Frank Fenton. The plot is a rehash of the age-old ploy of a group of hangers-on after an old man's fortune, this time led by a conniving siren. What makes this one somewhat fresh is the introduction of a historical character and a pretty French guest who supplies intrigue smiting of revolutionary Europe in 1848, in the aftermath of the fall of Napoleon's empire. There is also an unexpected death to make it all the more interesting. All in all an entertaining film that deserves more recognition.

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Release Date:

16 May 1952

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

USA

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Budget:

$882,000 (estimated)

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