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The Toast of New York (1937)

 -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  30 July 1937 (USA)
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Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jim Fisk
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Nick Boyd
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Josie Mansfield
Jack Oakie ...
Luke
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Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds ...
Fleurique
Clarence Kolb ...
Vanderbilt
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Photographer
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Broker
Russell Hicks ...
Lawyer
Dudley Clements ...
Collins
Lionel Belmore ...
President of Board
Robert McClung ...
Bellhop
Robert Dudley ...
Janitor
Dewey Robinson ...
Beef Dooley
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Storyline

The story starts just before the Civil War, showing Fisk, Boyd, and Luke conning Southern townsfolk into buying bars of soap that, might, have a $10 gold piece inside. Found out, they're chased out of town and escape across the Mason-Dixon Line just as the war starts. Fisk hatches a plan for him and Boyd to return to the South and buy cotton then smuggle it to the North where Luke is to sell it to the Northern textile mills. By the end of the war they have made millions, only to find out that Luke had been re-investing their money into Confederate Bonds. This fact-based movie shows Jim Fisk as one of the greatest con-men and entrepreneur's in history. It concludes with his involvement in "Black Friday", the Financial Panic of 1869, with fellow financier Jay Gould (who's not represented in the movie) and their attempt to corner the U.S. gold market. There's a love triangle between Fisk, Boyd and Mansfield, which is also based on historical accounts. Written by AzRanger

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The terror of Wall Street was a chump for this girl!


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Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alla conquista dei dollari  »

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$1,072,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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Trivia

The film lost $530,000 at the box office, RKO's biggest failure in 1937. See more »

Goofs

After the photographer's first attempt to take the picture is ruined by being over-exposed, he fails to change the plate before taking the second one. See more »

Quotes

Josie Mansfield: Besides, if you want something real bad, you gotta take some hard knocks to get it.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: Say, you've learned a lot for a young lady. What are you after... reaching for the moon?
Josie Mansfield: No, just one little star on a dressing room door.
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Edited from The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
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In the score for the opening scene
Hummed by Edward Arnold
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They don't make 'em like they used to,....THANK GOODNESS!!
27 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

How could anyone think of placing Cary Grant in a film and giving him practically nothing to do?! Well, even though it was relatively early in his career, he had plenty of charisma and star status that it just didn't make sense having him play second to Edward Arnold--who played an annoying and ridiculous version of the life of Jim Fisk. These two characters were also teamed with Jack Oakey--who was there solely for comic relief. All together, they had very little chemistry together and the film itself was dreadfully uninteresting. In many ways it had SOME of the appearance of films such as MANHATTAN MELODRAMA or SAN FRANCISCO (all had a pretty impressive budget and sets), except these films set in roughly the same period in American history were interesting! A poorly written script, too much comic relief and a complete ignorance of the actual historical facts make this movie a real chore to sit through and one of the few in recent months that I truly couldn't stand. Even "bad" movies (such as some of the 50s sci-fi flicks) can often be enjoyed for their campiness or your ability to laugh at them--this one is just dull.

My advice? See any of Cary Grant's other marvelous films--he didn't make that many as poor as this one and made so many classics that deserve your attention.


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