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Sidewalks of New York (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 26 September 1931 (USA)
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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26 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Buster hat nichts zu lachen  »

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Trivia

Some of the courtroom dialogue was reused in the The Stooges film Disorder in the Court (1936). 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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Connections

Featured in So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Slave, Op.31
(1876) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played a bit in the play
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New York Good Guy!
2 December 2008 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching "Sidewalks of New York" (1931) with Buster Keaton as the somewhat dim-witted but rich slumlord Homer Van Dine Harmon. Homer decides to help the youth of his street by building a youth recreational gym. They don't appreciate it & do a job on it by tearing it apart.

Anita Page plays Margie Kelly the woman whom Homer adores but doesn't think he has a prayer of a chance in gaining her interest. His buddy Poggle (Cliff Edwards...voice of Jiminy Cricket fame) encourages him to try to get to know her & ask her to marry him.

Norman Phillips as Clipper Kelly (Margie's brother) is one of a few of the troubled youth Homer wants to help.

And we have Frank Rowan who plays the nasty Butch the Bad Guy. Butch will do all he can to stop Homer from helping the kids because that group is where he collects his new gang members.

What's going to happen? Will Butch's plan to kill Homer come to fruition? Or will the kids decide Homer is A-OK & come to his rescue? I hope you get to watch this comedy.

Keaton wasn't fond of this movie but I found it to be fun!


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