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Little Old New York (1923)

An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.

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Sidney Olcott

Writers:

Rida Johnson Young (play), Luther Reed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Patricia O'Day
Stephen Carr ... Patrick O'Day
J.M. Kerrigan ... John O'Day
Harrison Ford ... Larry Delevan
Courtenay Foote ... Robert Fulton
Mahlon Hamilton ... Washington Irving
Norval Keedwell Norval Keedwell ... Fitz Greene Halleck
George Barraud ... Henry Brevoort
Sam Hardy ... Cornelius Vanderbilt
Andrew Dillon Andrew Dillon ... John Jacob Astor
Riley Hatch ... Philip Schuyler
Charles Kennedy Charles Kennedy ... Reilly
Spencer Charters ... Bunny
Harry Watson ... Bully Boy Brewster
Louis Wolheim ... The Hoboken Terror
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An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nueva York de antaño See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,400,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of Marion Davies' biggest box-office hits of the silent era. See more »

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Version of Little Old New York (1940) See more »

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Wonderful Marion Davies
15 March 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

had one of the biggest hits of her career is this rousing story of an Irish girl who poses as her dead brother to inherit a fortune in early 19th century New York City. Davies is, as always, great fun to watch. A very underrated actress, Davies is superb as the prissy "boy" who plays a harp and sings awful tunes. As in 1922's When Knighthood Was in Flower, this 1923 film is lavish and boasts huge crowd scenes, the usual touches of William Randolph Hearst. Davies has fun fighting with the neighborhood tough boys, being forced to dance with a fat girl at a party, and dancing a wild jig at a boxing match. And in the daring scene when she is tied to a post and whipped for ringing a false fire alarm, she finally has to admit she's a girl.

Little Old New York is set against historical facts (a full-sized replica of Fulton's steamboat, Clermont, sails the Hudson River) and uses real-life people--Cornelius Vanderbilt, Washington Irving, John Jacob Astor--to good dramatic effect. But this is a Marion Davies film all the way and she is absolutely wonderful. Harrison Ford (as Larry), Montague Love, Spencer Charters, Louis Wolheim, Mahlon Hamilton, Courtnay Foote, Sam Hardy. J.M. Kerrigan, Elizabeth Murray, Marie Burke, Mary Kennedy, and the improbably named Gypsy O'Brien co-star.

Great fun.


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