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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26 March 1932 (USA)  »

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East Side  »

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The credits for Joe Smith and Charles Dale include a parenthetical statement "members of the Avon Comedy Four." That group, which included Irving Kaufman and Harry Goodwin, was founded about in 1901 and continued as a vaudeville comedy team for 30 years. 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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Straight From The Stage and Vaudeville
15 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Heart of New York" is an adaptation of a play and it shows. However, one scene that appears to stray outside the set is interesting. It takes place in an automobile, with stock footage in the background showing a slice of city life.

The story is about a Jewish family in New York City. This is a stereotypical depiction of Jewish life and personalities, but it rings true. It feels like a vaudeville act and it should as it features some notable vaudeville talents, like Smith and Dale, who (according to notes in IMDb) were the basis for Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys." In typical fashion, they bend and abuse the English language with non sequiturs and malapropisms in almost every sentence. Better you should watch other films instead if a constant barrage of one-liners you should find annoying.

But the film does capture a moment in comic history and the distinct style of Yiddish vaudevillians. I kept thinking that the actors, though authentic, were better suited to stage than screen. If, for example, some of the same lines were delivered by Groucho Marx and Charles Grodin, I think they would be funnier and feel more integrated into the story.

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