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Tales of Manhattan Details

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Tales of Manhattan is a sumptuous multipart film centered around a formal tailcoat. The coat is specially designed for stage actor Charles Boyer, who wears it during a rendezvous with his lady friend (Rita Hayworth). The lady's husband (Thomas Mitchell) shoots Boyer, thus the tailcoat is damaged merchandise and sold at a discount to a bridegroom (Cesar Romero). When the groom's peccadillos catch up to him, the bride (Ginger Rogers) chooses to marry the best man (Henry Fonda) instead, and the coat is shipped off to a second hand store. It is purchased by a would-be composer (Charles Laughton), who wears it the night that he is to conduct his first symphony; alas, the coat is too tight and tears apart, nearly ruining the conductor's debut. Stitched back together, the coat is donated to a skid row mission, wherein the kindly proprietor gives the coat to a down and out drunkard (Edward G. Robinson) so that the shabby gentleman can attend his 25th college reunion. Later on, the coat is stolen by a crook (J. Carroll Naish) in order to gain entrance to a fancy charity ball. The crook holds up the ball and stuffs the loot in the pockets of the coat, but while escaping in an airplane he loses the outer garment. The coat floats down to an impoverished African American shanty community; a farmer (Paul Robeson) decides to distribute the "money from heaven" amongst his needy neighbors. At the end, the tattered coat adorns the shoulders of a scarecrow. Tales of Manhattan is one of the best "portmanteau" dramas turned out by Hollywood; it was directed by French expatriate Julien Duvivier, a past master of the multi-story technique. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 1942

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Edward G. Robinson Best Acting 1942 Winner

Cast

Charles Boyer
as Paul Orman
Rita Hayworth
as Ethel Halloway
Ginger Rogers
as Diane
Henry Fonda
as George
Charles Laughton
as Charles Smith
Edward G. Robinson
as Avery "Larry" L. Browne
Paul Robeson
as Luke
Ethel Waters
as Esther
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
as Rev. Lazarus
Thomas Mitchell
as John Halloway
Eugene Pallette
as Luther
Cesar Romero
as Harry Wilson
Gail Patrick
as Ellen
Roland Young
as Edgar the Butler
Marion Martin
as Squirrel
Elsa Lanchester
as Elsa Smith
Victor Francen
as Arturo Bellini
George Sanders
as Williams
James Gleason
as Father Joe
Harry Davenport
as Professor Lyons
J. Carrol Naish
as Costello
Frank Orth
as Secondhand Clothes Dealer
Christian Rub
as Wilson
Sig Arno
as Piccolo Player
Harry Hayden
as Soupy Davis
Morris Ankrum
as Judge Barnes
Donald Douglas
as Henderson
Mae Marsh
as Molly
Clarence Muse
as Grandpa
George H. Reed
as Christopher
Helene Reynolds
as Actress
Don Brady
as Whistler
Gino Corrado
as Spectator
William Halligan
as Oliver Webb
John Kelly
as Monk
Blue Washington
as Black Man
Olive Ball
as Woman
Don Beddoe
as Whistler
Jack Chefe
as Tailor
Rita Christiani
as Woman
Frank Dae
as Elderly Man
Frank Darien
as Grandpa
Charles Gray
as Rod
Robert Greig
as Lazar
Esther Howard
as Woman
Philip Hurlic
as Jeff
Frank Jaquet
as Musician
Connie Leon
as Mary
Forbes Murray
as Dignified Man
Dewey Robinson
as Bar Proprietor
Archie Savage
as Man
Ted Stanhope
as Chauffeur
Charles Tannen
as Pilot
Eric Wilton
as Halloway's Butler
Will Wright
as Skeptic
W.C. Fields
as (in restored episode) (uncredited)
Olive Ball
as Woman
Blue Washington
as Black Man
Ted Stanhope
as Chauffeur
Robert Greig
as Lazar
Eric Wilton
as Halloway's Butler
Dewey Robinson
as Bar Proprietor
Philip Hurlic
as Jeff
Frank Jaquet
as Musician
Archie Savage
as Man
Don Brady
as Whistler
Will Wright
as Skeptic
Connie Leon
as Mary
Jack Chefe
as Tailor
Forbes Murray
as Dignified Man
Don Beddoe
as Whistler
Charles Gray
as Rod
Frank Darien
as Grandpa
Gino Corrado
as Spectator
Rita Christiani
as Woman
William Halligan
as Oliver Webb
Charles Tannen
as Pilot
Frank Dae
as Elderly Man
Esther Howard
as Woman
John Kelly
as Monk

Crew

Julien Duvivier
Director
Boris Morros
Producer
Donald Ogden Stewart
Screenwriter
Ladislas Fodor
Screenwriter
Laszlo Gorog
Screenwriter
Lamar Trotti
Screenwriter
Buster Keaton
Screenwriter
Ferenc Molnar
Screenwriter
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
Samuel Hoffenstein
Screenwriter
Joseph Walker
Cinematographer
Sol Kaplan
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Bischoff
Editor
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Richard Day
Art Director
Irene
Costume Designer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Dolly Tree
Costume Designer
Oleg Cassini
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Stillman
First Assistant Director
Charles Hall
First Assistant Director
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