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The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 May 1952 (Australia)
In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune.

Director:

Fletcher Markle

Writers:

Frank Fenton (written for the screen by), John Dickson Carr (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Dupin
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lorna Bounty
Louis Calhern ... Charles Francois Thevenet
Leslie Caron ... Madeline Minot
Joe De Santis ... Joseph Martin
Jim Backus ... Flaherty
Margaret Wycherly ... Emma Flynn
Richard Hale ... Durand
Nicholas Joy ... Dr. Roland
Roy Roberts ... Policeman
Mitchell Lewis ... Waiter
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Storyline

In 1848, a young Frenchwoman, Madeline Minot, goes to New York City to see Thevenet, the grandfather of her fiance. Thevenet had been with Napoleon and may be sympathetic to the political aims of his grandson. She finds the old man in very bad spirits, living in a large house with a housekeeper and a butler who are just waiting for him to die (and perhaps helping him along a bit) so they can inherit his fortune. They see Madeline as a threat to their plans. She is aided in her dealings with these strange people by a mysterious man in a cloak. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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What strange hold did this man have over the lives of these two beautiful women ?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentleman from Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Budget:

$882,000 (estimated)
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barbara Stanwyck's singing voice was dubbed by Harriet Lee. See more »

Quotes

Dupin: Try to get the murder out of your face.
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Soundtracks

Another Yesterday
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Performed by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Harriet Lee)
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Victorian noir, indeed
20 January 2009 | by bob_gilmore1See all my reviews

While not in the top drawer of mystery films of the era, the film should come as a pleasant surprise for those interested in the period and definitely will register with films of the noir genre. The plot is difficult to sum up quickly but rest assured that it is literary and interesting, involves at least one or two good twists and sports a fine cast of players better known for work in more famous films. Joseph Cotten is particularly fine as the man of mystery who foils an attempt to rob the inheritance related to the demise of an old reprobate (Louis Calhern) in 1840's New York. Throw in Barbara Stanwyck at her most sultry and Leslie Carone at her most innocent and you have a film that does not exactly match the excitement generated by the opening scenes but holds one's attention nonetheless.


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