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The Heart of New York (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 26 March 1932 (USA)
In the Jewish enclave of New York's lower East Side, hapless inventor Mendel is constantly in debt since he uses all his (and other people's) money to tinker with machines that will make ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

David Freedman (play), Arthur Caesar (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Smith Joe Smith ... Sam Shtrudel
Charles Dale Charles Dale ... Bernard Schnaps
George Sidney ... Mendel Marantz
Ruth Hall ... Lillian Marantz
Aline MacMahon ... Bessie - the Neighbor
Anna Appel Anna Appel ... Mrs. Zelde Marantz
Donald Cook ... Milton
Oscar Apfel ... Otto Gassenheim
Harold Waldridge ... Jakie Marantz (as Harold Waldrige)
Marion Byron ... Mimi Marantz
George MacFarlane ... Mr. Marshall
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Nussbaum
Charles Coleman ... Mendel's Butler
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Storyline

In the Jewish enclave of New York's lower East Side, hapless inventor Mendel is constantly in debt since he uses all his (and other people's) money to tinker with machines that will make him rich. He finally does create a dish washing machine and becomes involved with his match-making, rent-collecting brother-in-law Bernard and Bernard's partner to market the machine. Success leads to strife in the family and Mendel's wife Zelda moves 'uptown' with her new found wealth while Mendel builds a luxurious townhouse in the East Side. Complications with finances lead to a reconciliation between Zelda and Mendel and cumuppence for the wheelers and dealers involved. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

26 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

East Side See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MacFarland's wife Viola Gillette was appearing in an Al Jolson show on the night of her husband's accident. See more »

Soundtracks

My Yiddishe Momme
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack
Played as background music in two scenes
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Stage bound but entertaining in that historical way
12 April 2003 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

It was great to see an apparently faithful Yiddish style play on screen. The humor is good but not remarkable.

Unfortunately no-one told the actors to tone down the delivery for the camera so it seems like everyone especially the comedy team are yelling constantly.


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