Tortilla Flat (MGM 1942, Spencer Tracy, John Garfield)

Tortilla Flat

In Tortilla Flat Spencer Tracy and John Garfield play two friends just trying to get by in Steinbeck’s world of Monterey, California’s canneries and fishermen.

Tracy and Akim Tamiroff move in when Garfield inherits two houses, seeming to bring him bad luck as Garfield fights with the beautiful cannery worker he adores (Lamarr) and one of his houses burns down. Tracy gets ideas when Frank Morgan shows up with his dog and a small fortune. Whimsical humor and realistically portrayed, colorful characters make this an overlooked gem.

Sheldon Leonard, who plays Tito Ralph, later became the highly successful producer of such TV series as The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and I Spy (1965-68).

Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor: Frank Morgan.

Cast: Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr, Donald Meek, Frank Morgan, John Qualen, Akim Tamiroff,

Director: Victor Fleming
Producer: Sam Zimbalist
Original Story: John Steinbeck
Director of Photography: Karl Freund
Editor: James E. Newcom
Composer: Franz Waxman
Screenwriters: Benjamin Glazer, John Lee Mahin
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

USA / MGM / 105 minutes / 1942

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