Tales of Manhattan. I was really looking forward to seeing this film as I'm a big fan of Rita Hayworth and Ginger Rogers. I hate to say it, but I thought this film was boring? Maybe I'm missing something. I just thought it was too long and nothing really interesting happened. I liked the vignette with Rogers, Cesar Romero and Henry Fonda, but other than that, nothing grabbed me.
Am I missing something?
I don't even have anything else to say about this film. That's how forgettable it was.
this was, i think? featured among the last four Bob's Picks and contained an error in the host intro that prompted a thread.
i kinda liked what i saw, imma be lazy and copy and paste my review from that thread.
so, i watched the first three stories in TALES OF MANHATTAN (and fell asleep during the fourth, but plan to finish it when i get home this evening) on TCM ON DEMAND...
The first story was a bit wobbly, the three acting styles of Thomas Mitchell (BIG!); Charles Boyer (subtle and suave) and Rita Hayworth (none at all) don't quite gel and there's any number of things about the ending that make no sense at all. J'adore Boyer, but this was the first film I have seen him in where his accent made it hard to understand him sometimes.
I almost quit watching, but the second story pulled me in- a rather racy love triangle between Henry Fonda, Cesar Romero and Ginger Rogers- who had by this time entered into the "Rose Bowl Parade Float" stage of her career with POWER hair and make-up, the industrial bangs and curled tresses (quite long for someone in a 40's flick! they cascaded well past her shoulders) kinda distracted from her performance a little, but Ginger at this stage still had the charisma to overcome the borderline clown make-up.
the third: Laughton and (a sadly underused) Lanchester; I keep stumbling over films with them and they always impress, together or separately. Laughton KILLS it with just his facial expressions, he really was one of the finest actors ever...the story kinda comes close to going off the rails in near the end, but it thankfully gets back on track.
as for the in-between scenes, I was really quite taken with how restrained Eugene Pallette was, he seemed so much softer than he usually was....ditto James Gleason, who was almost a revelation he was so different from his usual persona in films.
edit: actually james Gleason was in the fourth story, the one i fell asleep watching, but plan to finish tonight.
(end original review)
sadly, it was pulled from TCM ON DEMAND and i did not get to finish it, which bummed me out as i was warming to it, but i get your issues with it.
it is worth a trip to TALES OF MANHATTAN's WIKIPEDIA and IMDB pages, there was some controversy regarding the segment with Ethel Waters and Paul Robeson (which i did not see.)