Release dateMay 21, 1942 (1942-05-21) (United States) Based onTortilla Flat
by John Steinbeck WriterJohn Lee Mahin (screen play), Benjamin Glazer (screen play), John Steinbeck (based on the book by) Music directorFrank Loesser, Franz Waxman ScreenplayJohn Steinbeck, John Lee Mahin, Benjamin Glazer CastSpencer Tracy (Pilon), Hedy Lamarr (Dolores Ramirez), John Garfield (Daniel Alvarez), Frank Morgan (le pirate), Akim Tamiroff (Pablo), Sheldon Leonard (Tito Ralph) Similar moviesCaptain Phillips, Blood Diamond, The Postman, Undertow, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Deep
TaglineOH, THE THINGS THEY DO IN TORTILLA FLAT!
Tortilla flat original theatrical trailer
Tortilla Flat is a 1942 film with Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Frank Morgan, Akim Tamiroff, and Sheldon Leonard based on the novel by John Steinbeck. It was directed by Victor Fleming.
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Danny (John Garfield) inherits two houses in the central coastal area of California, so Pilon (Spencer Tracy) and his poor, idle friends move in. One of them, Pirate, (Frank Morgan) is saving money which Pilon endeavors to steal, until he discovers that it is being collected to purchase a golden candlestick which he intends to burn for St. Francis to honor the Pirate's dead dog. One of the houses burns down, so Danny allows his friends to move into the other house with him, and in gratitude Pilon tries to make life better for his friend. Things are fine at first until Danny's passion for a lovely girl (Hedy Lamarr) causes him to actually go to work in a fishing business. A misunderstanding caused by Pilon about a vacuum cleaner Danny had bought for the girl, enrages Danny; he becomes drunk and a bit crazy. He almost dies in an accident while interrupting the girl at her work in a cannery, but through Pilon's prayers, is restored to health. He then marries his sweetheart with the promise that he will become a fisherman now that Pilon has found the money to buy a boat. The happy ending is quite different from the novel's ending in which Danny dies after a fall.
Spencer Tracy as Pilon
Hedy Lamarr as Dolores Resendes
John Garfield as Daniel Alvarez
Frank Morgan as The Pirate
Akim Tamiroff as Pablo
Sheldon Leonard as Tito Ralph
John Qualen as Jesus Maria Corcoran
Donald Meek as Paul D. Cummings
Connie Gilchrist as Mrs. Torelli
Allen Jenkins as Big Joe Portagee
Henry O'Neill as Father Juan Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino as Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana as Señora Teresina Cortez
Arthur Space as Mr. Brown
Betty Wells as Cesca
Harry Burns as Torelli
Terry as Dog (in her last film role)
According to MGM records the film earned $1,865,000 at the US and Canadian box office and $746,000 elsewhere, making the studio a profit of $542,000.
Film critic Bosley Crowther gave the film a positive review, writing that the film "is really a little idyll which turns its back on a workaday world...it is filled with solid humor and compassion—and that is pleasant, even for folks who have to work."