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The Toast of New York (1937)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 30 July 1937 (USA)
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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Josie Mansfield
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Luke
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Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds ...
Fleurique
Clarence Kolb ...
Cornelius Vanderbilt
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Photographer
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Broker
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Lawyer
Dudley Clements ...
Collins
Lionel Belmore ...
President of Board
Robert McClung ...
Bellhop
Robert Dudley ...
Janitor
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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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30 July 1937 (USA)  »

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Alla conquista dei dollari  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Many of the original cast in studio records and casting call lists were not seen in the film. These include (with their character names): George Lollier (Reporter), 'Frank Marlowe' (Reporter), Jack Carson (Reporter), Eddie Hart (Reporter), Max Wagner (Reporter), Frank M. Thomas (Lawyer), Oscar Apfel (Wallack), George Offerman Jr. (Usher), Sidney Bracey (Waiter), Don Brodie, Lloyd Ingraham (Man in New York Restaurant), Frank Mills (First Mug), Russ Powell (Second Mug), Ethan Laidlaw (Third Mug), Edward LeSaint (Member of the Board of Directors), Edward Peil Sr. (First Gentleman), Tom Ricketts (Member of the Board of Directors) and William Worthington (Judge). Henry Kolker was listed in the cast by a news item, but he also was not seen in the film. Gavin Gordon, listed as a 'Southern Major' cannot be seen in the final release print. See more »

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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 Dixiana (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Temptation Waltz
(1937)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Probably played and sung during the "12 Temptations" montage
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Superficial, but enjoyable large-scale Hollywood entertainment
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this fact-based picture is wildly inaccurate in it's depiction Jim Fisk's life and death, THE TOAST OF NEW YORK remains an entertaining portrait of the financial scene in New York during the late 1800s. Three writers are credited with a screenplay that does not skimp on moral and financial complexities (although the film's romantic triangle is handled rather routinely), and director Robert V. Lee manages to keep everything moving at a brisk pace while effectively juggling piercing melodrama with lovely moments of light comedy. Edward Arnold and Frances Farmer contribute terrific performances, and Cary Grant is also memorable playing second banana to Arnold's Fisk - although no one else in the cast makes much of an impression. This lavish, expensively budgeted film was a box office flop when originally released, but it holds up quite nicely all these decades latter and deserves to be rediscovered by a larger audience.


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