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The Man with a Cloak (1951)

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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

De man met de mantel See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$882,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$441,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$763,000, 31 December 1951
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

This film bombed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $455,000 ($4.5M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Flaherty: And to show you I have indeed read the book, it says in Ecclesiastes "Money answereth all things".
Dupin: In bitterness, Flaherty, it was said in bitterness!
Flaherty: That's the way I was asking for it.
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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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a moody, dark film
14 August 2005 | by hildacraneSee all my reviews

I suspect that this was thought of as a small production by MGM at the time, but it's got two of my favorites, both of whom were perhaps not quite as "big" as they had been a few years earlier: Stanwyck and Cotten (maybe the only time he was mustachioed on film?). This film has a lot going for it: wonderful score by David Raksin, the rich voices of the principals, Louis Calhern chewing up all of the period scenery, and strong black-and-white photography. It's a period thriller, but a leisurely one, with a nice sense of atmosphere. The script has some lively exchanges between characters, although the artifice shows a bit sometimes. Stanwyck's character is a little ambiguous, but that seems appropriate in a way. Always-reliable supporting players Joe DeSantis and Margaret Wycherly (the terrifying mum in "White Heat") are fine as the cohorts of Stanwyck's "Lorna Bounty"--what a great name! And there's a beautiful raven too. What more can you ask for?


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