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Lights of New York (1928)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 July 1928 (USA)
Two men are conned into bootlegging business.

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A young kid from Upstate New York named Eddie (Landis) is conned into fronting for a speakeasy on Broadway. Throughout the con there is an inevitable chorus-girl with a heart of gold (Costello), a cop-killing gangster boss (Oakman) and his downtrodden ex-girlfriend (Brockwell). Written by rocknrollunderdawg

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$75,000 (estimated)

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$1,200,000 (USA)
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Eddie is told to stay away from "the roaring forties", meaning the Times Square (42nd St.) area of NYC., then and for many later years known as an entertainment district and for its' wild night life. The free spirited decade of the 1920s can be described in the same vein, as "roaring". See more »

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In Central Park, one of Kitty's lines is repeated. See more »

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Mrs. Morgan: When children leave home, they forget.
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At Dawning
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Lyrics by Nelle Richmond Eberhart
Sung by Harry Downing
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Un-gradable!
13 January 2005 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

Okay so I gave this a 6 but to be fair you can't grade Lights of New York in any ordinary sense. The camera's immobile, the acting's on par with lumber and the script's below second-rate. I love the dialog--- Wheeler Oakman's "But... they... must not... find... Eddie" and the infamous, "Take.. him... for... A... ride" is stupifyingly awful (further proof of his thespian skills can be seen in his death scene... then he keeps on breathing!). But hey, this was the very first all-talking movie! There's every reason in the world to make allowances for every one of it's shortcomings. I've seen The Jazz Singer released around 8 months earlier and this represented a huge leap over part-talkies. It's hard to be overly critical on the technical aspects when it's apparent that everyone was dealing with new fangled sound and heavily soundproofed cameras--- not to mention sound requiring completely new types of direction. This is a gem that deserves to be seen and judged for what it is, a historical artifact. Eugene Palette is the best actor here (no surprise).


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