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S.N. Behrman (writer)
Ben Hecht (story)
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Release Date:
3 February 1933 (USA) See more »
A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt | Add synopsis »
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Al Jolson ... Bumper

Madge Evans ... June Marcher

Frank Morgan ... Mayor John Hastings
Harry Langdon ... Egghead
Chester Conklin ... Sunday
Edgar Connor ... Acorn
Tyler Brooke ... Mayor's Secretary
Louise Carver ... Ma Sunday
Dorothea Wolbert ... Apple Mary
Tammany Young ... Frank the Jockey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vince Barnett ... (scenes deleted)
Heinie Conklin ... (scenes deleted)

Gino Corrado ... (scenes deleted)
Bodil Rosing ... (scenes deleted)
Sidney Skolsky ... (scenes deleted)
Ernie Adams ... Man thrown out of Apartment Building (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Bum with Violin (uncredited)
John George ... Bum (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Len (uncredited)
Lorenz Hart ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Cop (uncredited)
Burr McIntosh ... Dignitary at Laying of Cornerstone (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... The General (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... John (uncredited)
Richard Rodgers ... Photograper's Assistant (uncredited)
Billy West ... Bum (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
S.N. Behrman  writer
Ben Hecht  story

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot  (as Lucien Andriot)
Film Editing by
W. Duncan Mansfield 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Oscar Lagerstrom .... sound
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
V.L. McFadden .... technical director
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lazy Bones" - USA (reissue title)
"The Heart of New York" - USA (reissue title)
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82 min | USA:68 min (re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

Frank Morgan, who would later go on to play the Wizard of Oz six years later, says the line, "There's no place like home" in the film. However, he has a different take on the sentiment, continuing, "There's no place so lonely."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A cameraman's arm is reflected in the partially opened window of the Mayor's limousine when the Mayor meets Bumper at the casino.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Going Hollywood: The '30s (1984)See more »
My Pal BumperSee more »


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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Depression Cinematic Oddity, 28 February 2000
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio USA

The best way to appreciate this odd film is to put one's self back in the early 30's, the "Depression era." The drama glamorizes life on the streets and parks, probably to make the ordinary hard-up person feel better about his own financially depressed plight. It also played into the prevailing poverty consciousness of the mass public. Making money seem like something bad, and life on the park bench something wonderful probably appeased and distracted attention from those who were the power-people, calling- the-shots of society. No matter about the lack of human conveniences, just pick a spot in the park and enjoy communing with the birds, squirrels, flowers and trees. Forget about the storms, the cold, the inclimates, it's always fair weather in this film's world. As for Al Jolson, he was a one-of-a-kind entertainer. Sometimes sappy, sometimes, hammy, and other times, sweet and kind--at least in his screen persona. Like him or not, Jolson remains one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Statistics alone prove his status. After knocking 'em dead in hit after hit on Broadway, he was the first to take an entire Broadway production on the road across the country. He was the first to employ a walkway ramp down the center of the theater, cutting out scores of expensive seats. He was the first to make a "talking picture." Then years after being retired and almost forgotten, with loads of young newcomers taking the spotlight -- Jolson came back, making not just a respectable showing, but to the very top of the charts, for two years over Crosby, Como and Sinatra. Never in the history of showbiz has there ever been such an unprecedented comeback. His voice deeper, richer, and more beautiful than ever before, he reigned supreme. And, we dare say, were he to somehow come back today--singing exactly the same songs--he'd be equally as popular and beloved. As his saying goes, "You ain't heard nothin' yet!" The film itself has two lovely songs by Rodgers and Hart: the title song and "You Are Too Beautiful," neither of which is given its full due in the movie. The rest of the film is an oddity, with the charismatic Jolson playing at about half-effort. The legendary Lewis Milestone is the director.

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