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Little Old New York (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.

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Charles Brownne
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Brenda Joyce ...
Harriet Livingston
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'Commodore'
Henry Stephenson ...
Fritz Feld ...
Tavern Keeper
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Regan
Clarence Wilson ...
Willie Stout (as Clarence Hummel Wilson)
Robert Middlemass ...
Nicholas Roosevelt
Roger Imhof ...
Theodore von Eltz ...
Washington Irving (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Sea Captain
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Brevoort
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Patrol Captain
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Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.

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A spirited belle of the brawling waterfront, fighting for the heart of handsome Robert Fulton (print ad)


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9 February 1940 (USA)  »

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A holnap hajósa  »

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 8 September 1920 and closed in June 1921 after 303 performances. The opening night cast included Genevieve Tobin as Pat O'Day, Douglas Wood, as Cornelius Vanderbuilt and Donald Meek. See more »

Quotes

Regan: [to Fulton] Why, you dribblin' young pup - I'll break you in two!
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Version of Little Old New York (1923) See more »

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Du, Du Liegst Mir im Herzen
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Traditional German folksong
Played as dance music at Krausmeyer's Pavillion
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Remarkably enjoyable
2 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though it probably has zip to do with the actual story of Robert Fulton and the invention and manufacture of the first steam engine this is a very pleasant little drama with light overtones. That's mainly due to the cast, all very competent performers who have a nice chemistry together.

Alice Faye, not singing this time, is full of brassy snap as the most virtuous waterfront innkeeper who never existed who longs to leave the docks behind and become a lady. She's matched by Fred MacMurray full of cheery bonhomie as a shipbuilder, the now amusingly named Charley Brownne, who has a yen for Alice. Richard Greene is a bit of a stick as Fulton but he and Brenda Joyce make an attractive pair. And Andy Devine is along to add his squeaky voiced charm as a buddy of the lead pair.

The title, an obvious attempt by Fox to conjure up thoughts of Alice's big hit of a few years before, In Old Chicago, has very little to do with the picture. You hardly see any outdoor shots of the city but the interior sets are handsomely mounted if unimaginatively lit as you'd expect for a Fox feature for their top star.

If you're looking for a history lesson about the progress of navigation during the country's early years you won't find it here but if a enjoyable diversion for about an hour and a half is what you seek this will fill the bill. Nothing spectacular but a nice hidden gem for fans of the stars.


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