Tales of Manhattan

1942, Comedy, 1h 58m

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As a formal black jacket gets passed on from person to person, these stories set in New York City follow the lives of the coat's owners. Actor Paul Orman (Charles Boyer) gets involved with the beautiful Ethel (Rita Hayworth), while Diane (Ginger Rogers) and George (Henry Fonda) begin a romance in the subsequent story. Later tales focus on an aspiring conductor (Charles Laughton), a homeless man (Edward G. Robinson) and a struggling black couple (Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters).

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  • Oct 08, 2015
    A great chance to see a galaxy of stars all gathered together but tonally the movie is all over the place. The best parts are in the first 3/4 of the film after that it falls apart somewhat.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2010
    I guess I'm on a classics kick this week. Tales from Manhattan is an odd little film made up a series of episodes and vignettes where a tailcoat changes the lives of a number of people. Fate can be capricious, though, and some do well and others poorly by owning the coat. With an engaging mix of stories linked together, and a terrific cast of studio power names, Tales of Manhattan is still fun to watch. There's two versions: Either its theatrical release (five stories) or a 'restored' release with the sixth story as part of the disc set. The film isn't without its weaknesses, with a weaker story near the end about a poor black family finding the coat that used far too many stereotypes. However, the love triangles are carried off well, and two of the stories are standouts: Charles Laughton as a struggling composer, and Edward G. Robinson as a man who has lost everything are, in my opinion two of the most heartfelt episodes. Overall, a gem that many people have probably not seen.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2008
    Love it!! Everybody and their mother was in this one!
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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