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The Heart of New York (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  26 March 1932 (USA)
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In the Jewish enclave of New York's lower East Side, hapless inventor Mendel is constantly in debt since he uses all his (and other people's) money to tinker with machines that will make ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Smith ...
Charles Dale ...
Bernard Schnaps
George Sidney ...
Mendel Marantz
Ruth Hall ...
Lillian Marantz
Aline MacMahon ...
Bessie - the Neighbor
Anna Appel ...
Mrs. Zelde Marantz
Donald Cook ...
Oscar Apfel ...
Otto Gassenheim
Harold Waldridge ...
Jakie Marantz (as Harold Waldrige)
Marion Byron ...
Mimi Marantz
George MacFarlane ...
Mr. Marshall
Ann Brody ...
Mrs. Nussbaum
Charles Coleman ...
Mendel's Butler


In the Jewish enclave of New York's lower East Side, hapless inventor Mendel is constantly in debt since he uses all his (and other people's) money to tinker with machines that will make him rich. He finally does create a dish washing machine and becomes involved with his match-making, rent-collecting brother-in-law Bernard and Bernard's partner to market the machine. Success leads to strife in the family and Mendel's wife Zelda moves 'uptown' with her new found wealth while Mendel builds a luxurious townhouse in the East Side. Complications with finances lead to a reconciliation between Zelda and Mendel and cumuppence for the wheelers and dealers involved. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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The play originally opened in New York City, New York, USA on 25 November 1929 and ran for 216 performances. Joe Smith and Charles Dale originated their roles in the play. See more »


My Yiddishe Momme
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack
Played as background music in two scenes
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8 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film brought back great memories of my growing up in NYC and enjoying the wonderful relationships of Jewish families and friends. Their funny jokes and good humor every day. This picture showed in great detail how people struggled and took care of each other no matter who you were. Joe Smith and George Sidney(Mendel) gave excellent performances and his wife Ruth Hall(Lillian) It is a must see picture, especially when the washing machine is invented!

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