Tales of Manhattan

Synopsis: An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat discover, misfortune can often lead to truth.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Julien Duvivier
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.4
UNRATED
Year:
1942
118 min
22 Views

GOOD AFTERNOON,

GENTLEMEN.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THIS WAY, PLEASE.

MR. ORMAN

IS JUST GETTING UP.

FAMOUS PEOPLE:

GENERALLY SLEEP LATE.

YOU MAY OPEN IT,

MR. MARTELLI.

YES,

MR. LONGHEART.

UH...

NO.

GOOD MORNING,

GENTLEMEN.

GOOD AFTERNOON,

MR. ORMAN.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

HOW DO YOU:

LIKE IT?

FAIR.

LOOK A THE SHOULDERS.

HOW DO YOU LIKE:

THOSE LAPELS?

AUTIFUL.

IT'LL LOOK BETTER

ON YOU, SIR.

NO. ALWAYS LOOKS BETTER

ON HIM.

HE'S MORE RELAXED.

LUTHER?

A FLOWER.

LOOK AT HIM.

NOTHING WORRIES HIM.

HA HA.

I SEE YOU'RE NO SUPERSTITIOUS.

NOT IN THE LEAST.

THAT'S FORTUNATE.

WHY?

WELL,

BECAUSE BERTOLDI...

WHAT'S THE MATTER?

OH, NOTHING. NOTHING.

WELL,

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW,

THIS SUI HAS BEEN CURSED.

CURSED?

YES. YOU REMEMBER

BERTOLDI, OUR CUTTER?

YES.

WHAT ABOUT HIM?

I HAD TO DISMISS HIM

ON ACCOUNT OF THIS SUIT.

HOW COME?

WE ARGUED ABOU THESE LAPELS.

THEY'RE PERFECT.

AREN'T THEY?

WHEN BERTOLDI LEFT,

HE WAS RED IN THE FACE

WITH RAGE.

HE ASSERTED THIS SUI WOULD BRING MISFORTUNE

TO ANYBODY:

WHO EVER WORE IT.

HE CURSED IT.

THIS IS THE BEST SUI THAT I HAVE EVER MADE.

I KNOW IT WILL BRING YOU

GOOD LUCK.

THIS IS A LUCKY SUIT,

MR. ORMAN.

AND I GUARANTEE:

YOUR HAPPINESS IN IT.

ANTHONY,

I DEMAND AN ANSWER.

IS IT TRUE?

UNFORTUNATELY...

YES.

NO...

NO. NO.

TERRIFIC, PAUL!

A SMASH HIT!

THEY ATE IT UP!

THE BIGGEST OPENING NIGH OF THE SEASON.

YOU HELD THEM IN THE PALM

OF YOUR HAND EVERY SECOND-

JUST LIKE THAT!

WHAT'S THE MATTER?

WHERE YOU GOING?

CHIEF!

WAIT A MINUTE!

CHIEF!

HURRY! THEY'RE WAITING

FOR YOU!

COME ON, PAUL!

THEY'RE YELLING FOR YOU!

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

ARE YOU MAD?

YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE

10 OR 12 MORE CURTAIN CALLS.

IMPOSSIBLE.

WHERE'S LUTHER?

LUTHER?

YOU CAN'T DO THIS!

WHAT AM I GOING:

TO TELL THEM-

THAT YOU'RE CRAZY

OR SOMETHING?

TELL THEM I DON'T CARE

TO STEP OUT OF CHARACTER.

WHAT CHARACTER?

I AM DEAD, REMEMBER?

AW, CHIEF, PLEASE!

NOW, WAIT A MINUTE.

I'M YOUR MANAGER.

I HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.

WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT?

GO TO MY APARTMEN AND WAIT THERE.

I'LL CALL

IF I HAVE ANY NEWS.

STEP ON IT, LUTHER.

BOSS, YOU WERE

REALLY HOT TONIGHT.

THAT LAST SCENE:

WAS A DILLY.

I'M NOT INTERESTED.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

WE CAN SHAVE OFF 10 MINUTES

IF WE DON'T GET STOPPED.

GOOD.

WE'LL BE THERE

IN 15 MINUTES.

GO ON.

TELL ME WHA EVERYBODY SAYS.

JUST WHAT I TOLD YOU.

YOU WERE LUCKY TO GET RID

OF HER LAST YEAR.

IT WAS MORE THAN LUCK.

IT WAS A BLESSING.

WHY DID I HAVE:

THREE FLOPS IN A ROW?

BECAUSE SHE THOUGH SHE COULD ACT.

THE MINUTE I COME ON STAGE WITHOUT HER,

LOOK WHAT HAPPENS.

A SMASH HIT.

YOU SAID IT, BOSS.

BUT WHAT BEATS ME IS

WHY YOU WANT TO STAR EVERYTHING OVER AGAIN.

NEVER MIND.

WHY ARE YOU:

SLOWING DOWN?

GET GOING.

GOOD EVENING, SIR.

I BEG YOUR PARDON.

WERE YOU INVITED?

OH, MR. ORMAN.

HOW SWEET OF YOU.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I'M SO GLAD YOU CAME.

PAUL-

GOOD EVENING.

YOU FOOL.

WHY DID YOU COME?

LOVE. IT SOMETIMES

BLINDS ME.

AFTER WHAT I'VE

BEEN THROUGH TODAY.

HE'LL SEE YOU NOW.

THERE'S NO TELLING

WHAT HE'LL DO.

WHO?

YOUR HUSBAND?

YES.

HOW MANY TIMES:

HAVE I TOLD YOU:

WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS PAST YEAR?

HE SUSPECTS US:

CONSTANTLY.

THE MERE MENTION

OF YOUR NAME,

HE RAVES:

LIKE A MADMAN.

THE LUNACY MUST BE

A STRAIN ON YOU.

PATHETIC.

THIS IS:

NO TIME TO JOKE.

PLEASE, YOU MUST GO.

I'VE ARRANGED EVERYTHING

PERFECTLY FOR US,

AND NOW YOU'RE GOING TO

RUIN EVERYTHING I'VE DONE.

YOU ARE SO:

COMPLETELY BEWILDERED

THAT YOU HAVEN'T EVEN ASKED

ME HOW THE OPENING WAS.

I OPENED IN A PLAY TONIGHT,

IF YOU REMEMBER.

OH, FORGIVE ME.

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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