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Streets of New York (1939)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 April 1939 (USA)
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Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune. Along the way he faces numerous obstacles, opportunities and ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan
Martin Spellman ...
William McKinley 'Gimpy' Smith
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Anne Carroll
Dick Purcell ...
T.P. 'Tap' Keenan
George Cleveland ...
Pop O'Toole
Judge Carroll
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Officer Burke
Sidney Miller ...
Jiggsy, newsboy
David Durand ...
Spike Morgan
Buddy Pepper ...
Flatfoot, newsboy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Gould ...
Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)


Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune. Along the way he faces numerous obstacles, opportunities and temptations, but through it all, he considers the actions of his hero, Abraham Lincoln, for guidance. Will Jimmy see his dreams come true, or will he be another of the countless hopefuls chewed up and spit out by New York's mean streets? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Crime | Drama





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12 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Abe Lincoln of Ninth Avenue  »

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| (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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He'd never make it as a Corleone
8 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jackie Coooper must have wondered where his career went when he did this film for Monogram. It was sure a long way from MGM where he starred in The Champ and Treasure Island. At least he was away from Wallace Beery whom he couldn't stand and eventually became an adult player of considerable talent and ability.

His character in Streets Of New York is really a bit much to take in. He runs a newstand where he has about half a dozen newsboys sell from, kids not much younger than him including Martin Spellman a kid on crutches. Rivals like Dave Durand give him a wide berth because Cooper has an older gangster brother in Dick Purcell. Kind of like Frank Sinatra in Johnny Concho.

But Cooper is one of the straightest arrow young men you ever will encounter. He's studying law on the side and he patterns himself as the Abraham Lincoln of 9th Avenue.

He'd never make it in the Corleone family though where blood ties are everything. More I won't say.

Jackie Cooper and the rest of the cast give decent and sincere performances in a typical cheap Monogram Production.

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