White Tie and Tails

White Tie and Tails is a 1946 American black-and-white comedy drama film directed by Charles Barton and starring Dan Duryea, Ella Raines, William Bendix, and Frank Jenks.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The film tagline is "Clothes Don't Make the Man ... a Gentleman!" The film is based on Rufus King's serial novel Double Murder published in Red Book Magazine and on Charles Beakon's play Dangerously Yours.

White Tie and Tails
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Barton[1]
Screenplay byBertram Millhauser
Story byCharles Beakon, Rufus King
Produced byHoward Benedict
StarringDan Duryea, Ella Raines, William Bendix, Frank Jenks
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byRay Snyder
Music byMilton Rosen
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 30 August 1946 (1946-08-30) (US)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


In New York City, a head butler (Dan Duryea) of a wealthy house of the Latimers stays to look after the mansion while the owners' family leaves for a vacation in Florida. However, he is going to have his own vacation there in the mansion, playing a rich man. He meets a beautiful woman (Ella Raines) and promises her to bail out her sister's large gambling debts owed to a ruthless gangster (William Bendix). However, the butler soon finds himself in trouble as the gangster later reveales that the debts may be up to $100,000 and that he needs a pair of valuable paintings from the Latimers' house as a collateral for the butler's check.[8]



The film was produced by Howard Benedict for Universal Pictures and filmed at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. The film was originally intended to be directed by William Seitner. The story was written by Charles Beakon (author of the play) and Rufus King (author of the novel).


The film was released by Universal Pictures under the title White Tie and Tails in the United States on August 30, 1946. The film was also re-released under the title The Swindlers.

Other distributionsEdit

  • Sweden on January 27, 1947 (En skojare i frack)
  • Finland on February 13, 1948 (Hovimestari järjestää kaiken)
  • Portugal on May 27, 1949 (Cavalheiro Por Uma Noite)
  • Brazil (Cavalheiro por uma Noite)
  • Italy (Frac e cravatta bianca)


  1. ^ "White Tie and Tails (1946)". The British Film Institute. bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "WHITE TIE AND TAILS". The Library of Congress. loc.gov. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "WHITE TIE AND TAILS Directed by CHARLES BARTON". MUBI. mubi.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ "White Tie and Tails (1946) Directed by Charles Barton". Letterboxd. letterboxd.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Ella Raines in White Tie and Tails". Ella Raines Films. ellarainesfilms.blogspot.ru. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ Davis, Blair (2017). Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813572277. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ Manbeck, John B.; Singer, Robert (2010). The Brooklyn Film: Essays in the History of Filmmaking. McFarland. p. 28. ISBN 9780786481200. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  8. ^ Peros, Mike (2016-10-11). Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-4968-0993-3. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  9. ^ Schlossheimer, Michael (2001). Gunmen and Gangsters: Profiles of Nine Actors Who Portrayed Memorable Screen Tough Guys. McFarland. p. 11. ISBN 9780786409891. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

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