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Little Old New York (1923)

An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Carr ...
Patrick O'Day
J.M. Kerrigan ...
John O'Day
Larry Delevan
Courtenay Foote ...
Norval Keedwell ...
Fitz Greene Halleck
George Barraud ...
Henry Brevoort
Andrew Dillon ...
Riley Hatch ...
Philip Schuyler
Charles Kennedy ...
Spencer Charters ...
Harry Watson ...
Bully Boy Brewster
The Hoboken Terror


An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.

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Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

1 August 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nueva York de antaño  »

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1.33 : 1
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Production was seriously thrown off track on February 18, 1923, when a fire broke out at the Cosmopolitan-International Studio and destroyed nearly the entire plant. The sets, production offices, storerooms containing props and costumes, and even Joseph Urban's research library, were irreparably damaged. The production decamped to two nearby rental facilities, as well as the 23rd Regiment Armory in Brooklyn, and the film was completed on time to meet its original release date. See more »


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Marion Davies Strikes it Rich
23 May 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In Ireland, golden-locked Marion Davies (as Patricia "Pat" O'Day) and her poverty-stricken family are about to be evicted from their home when news from "Little Old New York" reveals her young brother has inherited the estate of a wealthy relative. The family books passage to claim their fortune in the United States. Meanwhile, back in the USA, handsome Harrison Ford (as Larry Delavan) hopes the distant relatives do not arrive on time; if they're late, he gets the fortune. Just as Mr. Ford prepares to celebrate, Ms. Davies arrives to claim the estate, but disguised as her little brother, who died en route.

Ford is obviously unhappy. While left an allowance, he doesn't have the money to finance his much-hoped for investment, in a steam driven vessel developed by future famed inventor Robert Fulton (Courtenay Foote). And, Davies is frustrated and unhappy. She finds herself attracted to Ford, but stuck pretending she's her dead brother. Ford shows no sexual desire for effeminate young boys, but develops a fatherly affection for Davies. Ford accepts Davies as a young pal, and she helps finance Fulton's steam engine - but, Davies realizes she will only win Ford's love as a woman. And, she has fallen in love…

Davis isn't a very convincing boy, but she makes up for it with a charming performance. Ford, in pasty sideburns, convinces. Stage actor Charles Kennedy (as Reilly) and future "Superman" player Stephen Carr (as Patrick O'Day) help show the range of an illustrious cast and crew. Harry Watson and Louis Wolheim add excitement to the climax, as boxers "Bully Boy Brewster" and "The Hoboken Terror". Mr. Wolheim certainly whips up a frenzy. Veteran director Sidney Olcott gives pastoral beauty to the location scenes, like the one where Davies is bullied by three boys approaching from behind a fence.

"Little Old New York" benefits from the obvious financing of Davies sponsor William Randolph Hearst. And, unlike a couple of recent Hearts/Davies productions, it paid off handsomely at the box office. This picture helped restore Davies to the annual top ten "Box Office Stars" list compiled Quigley Publications - she was the #5 for 1923, rising to her all-time high of #2 the following year. The movie finished at #10 in the annual "Film Daily" poll, and surprised many by appearing at a well-respected #5 on the "New York Times" ten best list. The Times was not a Hearst paper, and its praise was genuine.

******* Little Old New York (8/1/23) Sidney Olcott ~ Marion Davies, Harrison Ford, Courtenay Foote, Stephen Carr

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