Tales of Manhattan

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Tales of Manhattan is a 1942 American anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier. Thirteen writers, including Ben Hecht, Alan Campbell, Ferenc Molnár, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Donald Ogden Stewart, worked on the six stories in this film. Based on the Mexican writer Francisco Rojas González's novel, Historia de un frac ("Story of a Tailcoat"), which he was not credited for, the stories follow a black formal tailcoat cursed by a cutter as it goes from owner to owner, in five otherwise unconnected stories.

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Tales of Manhattan
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Written byBen Hecht
Alan Campbell
Ferenc Molnár
Samuel Hoffenstein
Donald Ogden Stewart
Lamar Trotti
László Görög
László Vadnay
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Produced byBoris Morros
Sam Spiegel
StarringCharles Boyer
Rita Hayworth
Ginger Rogers
Henry Fonda
Charles Laughton
Edward G. Robinson
Ethel Waters
Paul Robeson
W. C. Fields
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byRobert William Bischoff
Gene Fowler Jr.
Music bySol Kaplan
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 5, 1942 (1942-08-05)
Running time
118 minutes
127 minutes (restored version)
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million (US rentals)[1]