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      The Man With a Cloak

      1951 1h 21m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In the 1840s, Madeline Minot (Leslie Caron) travels from France to America to visit Charles Theverner (Louis Calhern), her lover's wealthy, aging relative. Her boyfriend is fighting in the French Revolution, and he hopes the once patriotic Charles is willing to donate his money to the people's uprising. Eventually, Madeline begins to warm the old man's heart, but his devious servant Lorna Bounty (Barbara Stanwyck) also wants the cash, and she's willing to resort to deadly means for it. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An unconvincing pretentious melodrama that is filled with literary allusions and veers between being a suspense thriller and a character study. Rated: B- Jan 12, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Interesting but Barbara is really underused. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review ashley h The Man With a Cloak is an amazing film. It is about a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson in 1848 NYC. Joseph Cotton and Barbara Stanwyck give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Fletcher Markle did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed this motion picture because of the drama. The Man With a Cloak is a must see. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Good thriller. Script error: arsenic is not hemlock! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Atmospheric little thriller. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member This odd film strives for masterpiece status and winds up far from it, yet there is an indescribable charm about it. It starts as dully as could be; a Frenchwoman named Madeline, played by Leslie Caron, arrives in New York in search of Thevenet (Louis Calhern), grandfather of her fiance, who needs help in France with his political revolution. She finds him, and he tells her that no, he won't give her any money, and follows the rejection with a series of pompous, drunken observations and jests. Yawn. We are introduced to his help, headed by Lorna (Barbara Stanwyck), a woman with something decidedly evil on her mind, though Thevenet doesn't pretend to not know this and she doesn't pretend to hide it: she, along with the other housekeepers, wants him dead- so long as they are in the will. Once we have established that everyone wants the money, we are introduced to the only character in the film who is indifferent to it; he is a traveling writer named Dupin, played by the great Joseph Cotten, though this is quite probably the worst I've ever seen him. Dupin doesn't hunger for money, though he has no problem taking handouts from the local saloon, as he is a heavy alcoholic. When Dupin meets Madeline he decides to help her, though it is unclear throughout whether he is aiding her because of her sweet naivety or because he is trying to convince himself of his own importance. Or maybe it is something else entirely- a longing for attention, a spotlight. When Dupin enters the story fully the film picks up, and eventually turns into something uite entertaining, if trashy. It has a magnificent twist ending which caught me quite off guard. In better hands, this may have been something almost special; Fletcher Markle isn't much of a director, and the similarities in the disappointing performances by Cotten and Stanwyck (two eccentric actors toned down to the point of robotic monotony) leads me to believe that Markle takes full responsibility in the final product. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid period mystery, set in New York just before the turn of the century (the last one, not this one). Joseph Cotton and Barbara Stanwyck unravel a mystery involving murder and a missing will. There's great atmosphere with some top notch photography Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In the 1840s, Madeline Minot (Leslie Caron) travels from France to America to visit Charles Theverner (Louis Calhern), her lover's wealthy, aging relative. Her boyfriend is fighting in the French Revolution, and he hopes the once patriotic Charles is willing to donate his money to the people's uprising. Eventually, Madeline begins to warm the old man's heart, but his devious servant Lorna Bounty (Barbara Stanwyck) also wants the cash, and she's willing to resort to deadly means for it.
      Director
      Fletcher Markle
      Producer
      Stephen Ames
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Dec 22, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 21m