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Dont waste your time...
I'm a big fan of much of the cast, but what a terrible movie. I found it quite unenjoyable and irritating to watch...from the incessant whistling to the over-dramatics. Leaves one lacking in the worst way.
tales of manhattan
- kevin sellers
Caught the W.C. Fields sequence on You Tube. Fairly funny but not vintage Fields. I certainly don't think it would have eclipsed the best of the other tales, the one involving Edward G. Robinson, as the other cast members were afraid of (which is the reason it was cut). As for the last sequence being racist, yeah I guess I agree, although the characters in it are given more of an aura of goodness than anyone else in this anthology. Still, I can see where Paul Robeson resented being put upon a child like pedestal just 'cause he was black. Give it a C.
felt like it was like watching a baseball pitcher throw a no hitter but somehow lost the game at the end.
Wonderful, Wonderful Film
I've read the reviews, and have nothing to add. Yes, there is stereotypical portrayal of African Americans. It was of the times, and detracts not a whit from this gem, this Crown Jewel!, of a film. Charles Laughton's portrayal is especially charming, and to my mind, the most beautiful performance of his career. Edward G. Robinson, also puts in a fabulous performance. This is a wonderful film, NOT to be missed. Those who have never seen it are in for a treat. For those who have seen it, it's like visiting with an old, dear friend.
tales of manhattan
Enjoyed. Thanks Robert Osborne-like a wave from heaven.
Will TCM show it with or without Fields?
- Nitrate Fiend
Even if TCM omits the W.C. Fields segment, enough people liked this film, apparently without that segment, that I may watch it anyway, although other reviews I've seen weren't as positive as those here. I have seen the Fields segment, which also features a young Phil Silvers, on YouTube and found it pretty good Fields. But I've also seen, and hence will skip, the cringeworthy final segment, which its lead actor, Paul Robeson, and also Edward G. Robinson reportedly (and understandably) complained about for its stereotypical treatment of African-Americans.
Like most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. But the episode (next to last) with Edward G. Robinson is so wonderful that it alone makes this a must-see. I would like to add -- agree or disagree as you will -- this allows one to compare a supposedly great actor, Laughton (more of his clownish mugging) to a truly great actor (E. G. Robinson.) Also good in this: Boyer, Thomas Mitchell, James Gleason, and Ginger.
Fine Wine from the Vault
- el debbo
Tuxedo tails, travelling around the city and bringing good fortune. Wonderful movie. This is my favorite Charles Laughton film... he had the most beautiful, expressive face!! I re-watch the Ginger Rogers, Laughton, W.C. Fields, and E.G. Robinson segments and just skip the others. Those four are worth five stars. Great to see the elegant Victor Francen as the haute conductor in the Laughton bit... Francen also played in Leslie Caron's "Fanny". It was his last role before he died, and though brief, it was just wonderful.
Tales of Manhattan
- mary hershelman
I taped this movie from television with a remote control that was dead on for removing commercials (had a wire to the set). I missed the first chapter about how the hole got in the coat...that must have been Charles B and Rita H because I don't remember them at all. But still love this movie...and still have a VCR. I am very surprised to hear that it's not on DVD and I'm sure the VHS copies are rare. I like to turn on younger audiences to black and white classics....I have a friend who's never seen Psycho or Young Frankenstein because they are not in color. Think of all the great ones they have missed that weren't deliberately shot in B&W.
Great find,esp for Laughton & Robinson vignettes.
"Tails" of Manhattan
- Mr. Blandings
Almost like an extended Twilight Zone episode, this film follows a "lucky" tuxedo jacket throughout the city as it benefits its many wearers. Best segments by far are the ones with Ginger Rogers, Charles Laughton, and Edward G. Robinson.
One of my Top Favorites
This movie is so wonderful, full of stars, and characters. This is a classic with a message of hope. I love this movie and cannot believe it is not out on DVD yet. If you haven't seen this movie...watch it, and if you have you will watch it again. Please release this on DVD soon, and if you could play it more often. Thank you!
Tales of Manhattan
I agree with all the posted reviews..this is a 'must see' classic that has it all..a fantastic all-star cast, with Edward G. Robinson and Charles Laughton as you've never before seen them. The film plays out in 'Acts' as it follows a black tuxedo as it is passed from one wearer to the next and how it changes the lives of those who don it as well as those around them. It is a lovely, poignant and inspirational treat perfect for the holiday season and if you have a chance to see it ,DO !!! In fact record it you can to share with friends and family as it is not available for Home Video sales yet. PLEASE RELEASE IT IN DVD !!!!! :) tHANX
This is a true unknown classic!! Great cast and wonderful uplifting story! Please release it in DVD!!!!!
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
What a cast! Everyone is good, but Charles Laughton and Edward G. Robinson excel. Great menagerie of stories, all with a common element. Wonderfully pieced together, excellent direction. A very enjoyable movie.
Great New Years Day movie
- Tom Smith
With stars like Henry Fonda, Paul Robeson, Eddy Rochester Anderson, Ginger Rogers, Charles Boyer, Caesar Romero, Edgar G. Robinson, George Saunders, Charles Laughton, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Ethel Waters [!]--and its consistently warm, humanist positive message--you can't go wrong. Great for New Years Day, 2009!
This is a true classic. It's a shame not many people have heard of it.
So Many stories, so many stars
This is one of those unique movies with a very large and talented cast. Alot of short stories which all surround the Tales of a Tux. Wonderfully done. One of my all time favorites.