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Little Old New York (1940)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  9 February 1940 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Charles Brownne
Richard Greene ...
Brenda Joyce ...
Harriet Livingston
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'Commodore'
Henry Stephenson ...
Robert R. Livingston
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
Stanley Andrews ...
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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Studio mechanics built a replica of Fulton's two-cycle engine and paddle-wheel of the Clermont, following notes in his diaries. The studio also built 3 huge sailing ships and 25 smaller boats for the production. See more »

Quotes

Regan: [to Fulton] Why, you dribblin' young pup - I'll break you in two!
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Soundtracks

Who Is the Beau of the Belle Of New York
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Tyler Brooke and joined by Alice Faye and other dancing patrons of Krausmeyer's Pavillion
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Winning combination of historical fiction, comedy, action, with only a modest amount of florid romance
12 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film sports winning performances (Alice Faye is delightful and very accomplished as a light comic actress), plenty of well-played comedy and well-staged action, a fine Alfred Newman score. But what really impressed and intrigued me were some elaborately staged outdoor scenes which appeared to be at least partially shot on a real 18th century seaport, not just the back lot. Either Fox spent a whole lot of money constructing a very large and realistic looking seaport set, or some of this was shot on location at some historic recreation site, or the art director was a genius in making the back lot look a lot bigger than it was. Interesting to see what a muscular hunk Fred MacMurray was, very different than his image in later years.


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