The Man with a Cloak (1951)
Madeline Minot meets Dupin (Joseph Cotton), the mysterious man with a cloak who, feeling sorry for the young girl, offers his assistance.
I like this film for the fine performances, the witty dialogue, the almost noirish feel of the film, the mystery aspects, and the setting in 1848 New York. I have no hard data but I suspect that 95% or more of films about 19th century America are westerns, Civil War films or a combination of the two. Even though I am especially fond of westerns, it is a real pleasure to see a film set in the East.
Students of American literature will appreciate this film as well.
I saw The Man with a Cloak for the first time a few years ago and I have seen it three more times since. It has become one of my favorites and perhaps it will be yours as well.
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