In Tales of Manhattan the hero is an expensive dress coat, which bears a curse, and the film recounts the fortunes and misfortunes of those who wear or come in possession of it. It was originally made for Charles Boyer, playing a Broadway matinee idol, and winds up as scarecrow on a poor old Negro’s farm.
The expanse of acting and writing talent may have been too much for Julien Duvivier, a fine foreign director, for he comes up with very few original touches in this picture. Some of the sequences he appears to have permitted to go along on their momentum.
Despite the plenitude of costly stars, featured players and writers, Boris Morros and S.P. Eagle [= Sam Spiegel] brought the film in for slightly more than $1 million, not high considering all the credits.