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Tortilla Flat (1942)

Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), Benjamin Glazer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Pilon
Hedy Lamarr ... Dolores Sweets Ramirez
John Garfield ... Danny
Frank Morgan ... The Pirate
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo
Sheldon Leonard ... Tito Ralph
John Qualen ... Jose Maria Corcoran
Donald Meek ... Paul D. Cummings
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Torrelli
Allen Jenkins ... Portagee Joe
Henry O'Neill ... Father Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino Mercedes Ruffino ... Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Señora Teresina
Arthur Space ... Mr. Brown
Betty Wells ... Cesca
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Storyline

Danny inherits two houses so Pilon and his lazy, impoverished friends move in. One of them, Pirate, is saving money which Pilon hopes to steal till he learns it is being saved to buy a gold candlestick for St. Francis. When one of the houses burns down and Danny is hurt fighting, Pilon makes an effort to make life better for his friend. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They're Strong For Wine, Women and Song. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 August 1942 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida es así See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Garfield had to be loaned out from Warner Brothers to play the role of Danny after producer Sam Zimbalist unsuccessfully tried to get Anthony Quinn for the role. See more »

Goofs

In the film's initial scene where two men rest under a tree, the second man puts on his boots. He begins with the right boot but when the camera cuts to a medium shot, he is putting on the left boot. See more »

Quotes

Pilon: I do not lead my friends around by the noses, senora. I only give them my good advice.
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Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Varsoviana
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Dance music at the wedding
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All the sad left out
17 August 2018 | by grypnhmrSee all my reviews

This movie was made during the U.S. entry in WWII. Maybe that is why it leaves out the deaths that occur in the actual story of Steinbeck. The people in charge perhaps had the directive to make a light inspiring movie ("no heavy stuff, y'hear?"). I don't think it was in the spirit of the novel AT ALL. My low rating is based on the movie's lack of faithfulness to the novel AND the casting of Spencer Tracy in the role of Pilon. It was just not a good fit. Even if I could ignore the messing with Steinbeck's story, I could not watch Tracy's performance with any ease. It pretty much ruined the movie for me despite what I thought were pretty good performances by everyone else.


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