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Tales Of Manhattan [DVD] (1942)

Charles Boyer , Rita Hayworth , Julien Duvivier    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton
  • Directors: Julien Duvivier
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDD09KG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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One fancy jacket, five different stories, many lives altered. In these five sumptuous vignettes set for the most part in New York, the black formal coat is the only linking device. We first come across the coat in a short noir about a matinee idol (Charles Boyer) embroiled in a love triangle with a callous woman (Rita Hayworth) and her sadistic husband. The second is a comical tale starring Ginger Rogers, Cesar Romero and Henry Fonda about a love cheat and his best friend. The third is a tearjerker with Charles Laughton as an amateur musician yearning to play in an orchestra. Edward G. Robinson stars in the fourth as a down-and-out lawyer who reluctantly attends his college reunion. Paul Robeson stars in the final fable, which concludes the coat's journey


Bold and amazing… a gentle, detached comprehension of the irony and pity of life. --New York Times

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sad and moving 23 July 2014
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I saw Tales of Manhattan when a little boy, soon after liberation from the Germans. Since then it stayed in a corner, as an icon whose details I lost more and more. It took to me, what? 70 years, more or less, to get a copy. Actually little by little I forgot about the movie along all those years; I just got a few spare glimpses.
The movie is, in its time, very interesting, talking about, what? a tailcoat, the very origin of so many different stories (known to each other just by the passage of the single tailcoat). So very interesting, both amusing, sad and moving. I got involved. Thought it is a movie one should see (and listen to).Not a great movie but almost so. Good luck to the onlookers !
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars waited a long time to see this film 17 Nov 2013
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like i said above was not disappointed all my favourite stars were in it they dont make them like that anymore
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 26 Sep 2014
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The stars are for Ginger Rogers and Henry Fonda
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars Over Manhattan! 12 July 2001
By Paul - Published on
Tales of Manhattan is a star-studded movie that featured 46 supporting players as well as a main cast including Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson, W.C. Fields, Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, and Eddie Rochester Anderson. A film like this could never be made today because each star would demand so much money that the budget would be so high.
The film begins when a tailor and his assistants bring a tailcoat to the apartment of stage actor Paul Orman (Charles Boyer). They then inform him that the cutter put a curse on the suit, but he assures Mr. Orman¡Ēs that it will bring him happiness.
Paul¡Ēs next play is a smash hit, but he leaves as soon as he takes his bow. He tells Luther (Eugene Pallette), his servant, to drive him to Ethel Halloway¡Ēs (Rita Hayworth) home. He is in love with her, but she is married to John (Thomas Mitchell). He is supposed to go hunting tomorrow in Canada, so the two lovers plan to meet in town. At Ethel¡Ēs home, they discuss the plan, but the inquisitive John is always near. He decides to clean his gun when he begins to talk to Paul. While Ethel watches in horror, Paul is shot. But he gives a performance pretending he was missed. Paul manages to get out to Luther, who takes him the St. Luke¡Ēs Hospital.
Now that Paul doesn¡Ēt need the tailcoat any more, Luther brings it to his friend Edgar (Rolland Young). He is the butler for Harry (Cesar Romero) who is marrying Diane (Ginger Rogers) that evening. While in her own apartment, Ellen (Gail Patrick), Diane¡Ēs friend comes and tells her that when she was looking in her husband¡Ēs tailcoat, she found a comb with red hair. She knows her own husband has been cheating on her. They both go off the Harry¡Ēs together.
While waiting for him to get up, they find his tailcoat just lying on the back of a chair. Ellen coaxes Diane into looking through it. In the last pocket she looks in, she finds a love letter from ¡ÈSquirrel.¡É They read it out loud, and Harry hears them. He runs to the kitchen and calls his friend George (Henry Fonda) to come and get him out of the fix. George comes and says that he accidentally left his own tailcoat at the apartment last night when he came for a party and he gives Harry Paul Orman¡Ēs tailcoat saying its his.
There is also a big break for a musician (Charles Laughton) and another vignette in which Edward G. Robinson is transformed from a bum to a classy lawyer attending his college re-union. There is also a great segment with W.C. Fields. It was not included in the original release, but it is included in the new home video version. Finally, the coat falls on a poor sharecropper community with some stolen money in it. It provides the townspeople with a wonderful Christmas! The coat ends up as a scarecrow on the farm, a far way from the tailcoat of a wealthy actor!
This movie has something for everybody. My Dad¡Ēs favorite vignette was the Edward G. Robinson episode. He liked it because it was very deep, talky, and ironic. My mom disliked that version because of the very same reason. Her favorite was the episode with Charles Laughton because it was heartwarming and charming. My favorite was the Ginger Rogers/Henry Fonda version because it went so smoothly and all the actors were at their best! All in all, it was a fantastic film, and everyone, not just film buffs, should enjoy it!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Not To Be Missed Film 21 Nov 2007
By Anne Linder - Published on
I first saw this movie years ago on AMC - I'd never heard of it but there wasn't anything else on, so I settled in to watch. After all, with the cast of stars including Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton and Edward G. Robinson, I figured it couldn't be too bad. I was wrong - it was GREAT! The story involves a tailcoat which is passed from one story to the next and affects the lives of each person who receives it. Some of the stories were pure 40's fluff and that's okay - I like fluff. But two of the "tales" especially touched my heart - so much so that here I sit, years later, writing a review that I hope will inspire someone else to watch this hidden gem. You'll see other people talk about the vignette with the great Edward G. and I agree - it's absolutely one of the best stories and the performance he gives is one for the ages. However, my personal favorite is the piece with Charles Laughton - a truly gifted and underrated actor. He plays a man of little means whose love of music leads him to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conduct a symphony orchestra performing his own composition. I don't want to give away too much but suffice it to say that there is a single moment in this story that will cause tears to form in your eyes - much in the way that I cry everytime I watch Harry Carey as the Vice President looks at Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith (Goes To Washington) at the very end of the film when it looks as if all hope is lost (that little smile he gives gets me everytime!) Tales of Manhatten is a wonderful film to watch again and again - it doesn't feel dated at all - because the glory of the human spirit is the same now as it has always been....enjoy!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesser-known Hollywood Classic 6 Nov 2001
By plsilverman - Published on
I became aware of this masterpiece through reading about W.C. Fields and his involvement. Always fascinated by stories of "lost" or "deleted" footage from classic stars (i.e. many Laurel and Hardy segments, Elvis Presley's 1955 movie short, the Three Stooges alternate version of "Malice in the Palice" with a cameo by Curly three years after he retired, etc.), I purchased this tape immediately after discovering that Field's originally removed segment, described as a fairly long, verbal sequence coming at a time when his film career was decidedly in decline, was included in this release.
I was not at all disappointed in the "temperance lecture" scene beautifully executed by the master. (It's somewhat understandable that the bit was cut, as the movie was very long. Too bad that the material could not have been fashioned into a one or two-reeler at the time, as slightly outdated as they were by '42).
Other memorable performances come from Edward G. Robinson (at a class reunion), and Ethel Waters, who is brilliant despite the stereotypical Southern scene.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching, poingnant - Chas. Laughton is magnificent! 26 Jun 1999
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5 different vignettes telling the "tales" of one coat of "tails" - the different owners of the tailcoat, and the different dramas of each life during the time each person wore the garment. Each story stands alone in dramatic strength and appeal - from film noir to romantic comedy, to poignant and touching dramas, finishing off with an exhilarating comedy featuring some of the finest black actors of the era. I do not think you could find a finer classic film to watch, and that is why I decided to purchase this!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No W.C. FIelds! 28 Sep 2013
By David A. Schafer - Published on
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The W.C. Fields sequence is completely missing from the DVD. 20th Century Fox should offer replacements. This is inexcusable!! Very disappointed
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