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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fely / Anne
Dirk de Rhonde
Frank Currier ...
Lambert de Rhonde
George K. Arthur ...
Charles McHugh ...
Shamus O'Tandy
Eleanor Lawson ...
Mrs. O'Tandy
Julia Swayne Gordon ...
Mrs. de Rhonde
Matthew Betz ...
'Red' Hawkins
Wilbur Higby ...
Bodil Rosing ...
Widow Gorman
George Bunny ...
Tony Pastor
George Harris ...
Joe Weber
Bernard Berger ...
J. Frank Glendon ...
Thomas A. Edison (as Frank Glendon)
Buck Black ...


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twins | based on play | See All (2) »


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

November 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Merry Wives of Gotham  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


(2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)| (Handschiegel Color) (one shot)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The two 2-strip Technicolor sequences, a stage show in reel 2, and the turning on of the electric lights in New York City in reel 6, total 232 feet. See more »

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The Great Marion Davies
31 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE LIGHTS OF OLD Broadway stars the great Marion Davies in a dual role. She plays a set of twins separated at birth. One becomes Anne, a society girl in New York; the other is Fely, an Irish toughie who somehow lands on the musical stage. She meets the suave Dirk (Conrad Nagel) who is Anne's half brother. Anne's family also owns the slum in which the Irish families live.

As with Davies' terrific LITTLE OLD NEW YORK, this story is also set against an historical background, involving the story of the coming of electricity to the city. So along with show biz figures like Tony Pastor, Weber and Fields, etc we also see Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. Anne's family has a lot of money in gas, but somehow Fely's father has stock in electricity. The snooty family tries to keep Nagel away from the low-born Fely.

Davies is terrific playing the blonde Fely (she does a few stage numbers) and the dark-haired Anne. Davies make a solid comic entrance as Fely (minus a tooth) balancing herself on a stack of tables and chairs and defying the mob the city kids.

Nagel is fine as the hero. Both Karl Dane and George K. Arthur show up in small parts.

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