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Sidewalks of New York (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  26 September 1931 (USA)
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A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

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Harmon
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Margie
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Frank Rowan ...
Norman Phillips Jr. ...
Clipper
Frank LaRue ...
Sergeant
Oscar Apfel ...
Judge
Syd Saylor ...
Mulvaney
Clark Marshall ...
Lefty
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A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

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Nothing but laughs!

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Comedy | Crime

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buster hat nichts zu lachen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Buster Keaton's most commercially successful film to date - to his chagrin, since he made it under protest at MGM's insistence and felt that the studio would feel justified in ignoring his artistic opinions in the future. See more »

Goofs

Lefty's pistol, a six shot, is fired twice before Harmon tosses the remaining cartridges into the fireplace. Five bullets subsequently explode in the fire. See more »

Quotes

Bailiff: [very quickly] Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Harmon: ...What?
Bailiff: Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Judge: Well do you?
Harmon: No!
Judge: What?
Harmon: I can't understand a word he's saying!
Judge: He's asking if you'll swear...
Harmon: No, but I know all the words.
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Referenced in Disorder in the Court (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Slave, Op.31
(1876) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played a bit in the play
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Buster meets Jules White
18 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keaton always referred to this film as a horror. No, it's not "The General" or "Our Hospitality". As in "Doughboys", another sound film with bad reputation which turns out to be very, very funny, Buster is paired with Cliff "Jiminy Cricket" Edwards. The chemistry between them is much better than the later pairing of Keaton with Jimmy Durante. The film is co-directed by Jules White, the driving force behind the Columbia short comedies from 1934 through 1958. We even see Keaton performing a routine done only a few years later by Curly Howard in "Disorder in the Court". Though the routine is more suited to Curly's comedy style, Keaton is very funny in this sequence. White was a director who believed that if something wasn't funny, at least make it fast and make it violent. White's reliance on comic violence is at odds with Keaton's art and is even more apparent in the comedy shorts Keaton made at Columbia in the late '30s and '40s. Interestingly, this film introduces a group of kids referred to as "East Side Kids". Did Sam Katzman get his inspiration here? One will never know.


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