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The Rag Man (1925)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 16 February 1925 (USA)
Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old ... See full summary »

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Lydia Yeamans Titus ...
Mrs. Malloy
Ethel Wales ...
Mrs. Bernard
Robert Edeson ...
Mr. Bernard
William Conklin ...
Mr. Richard L. Scott
Max Davidson ...
Max Ginsberg
Dynamite the Horse ...
Dynamite- A Horse (as Dynamite)
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Tim Kelly
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Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old Jewish junk dealer with rheumatism, and the two strike a partnership and a close friendship. Written by page8701

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Drama | Comedy

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Der Lumpensammler  »

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Golfer: FORE!
Tim Kelly: I wouldn't give but three-ninety-eight!
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Followed by Old Clothes (1925) See more »

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The Rag Man - an inadvertent documentary
17 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd heartily agree with those above who praise this film. I've check Max Davidson's filmography on this site and it was interesting to see how lengthy his career was. I don't remember seeing another Davidson vehicle, but I will watch for them in future. Coogan, of course, is superb in this film. In my opinion, as good as he was in The Kid. The Rag Man is an American jewel and a wonderful snapshot of its times. Like Speedy, the New York City location footage in Rag Man is a great example of the "inadvertent documentary," literally freezing the Lower East Side in time. The two Yiddish intertitles are a treat. Sadly, sharp, but gentle contrast in ethnicity is almost lost as a comedic device in the wake of today's "political correctness" (who coined that stupid phrase anyway?) Face it kids, people are different and those differences can be humorous without being mean or berating. And finally, the film contains possibly one of the best Prohibition gags of all time when precious wine bottles are emptied for their value as recyclable glass. I highly recommend this sweet little movie.


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