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Sidewalks of New York (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 26 September 1931 (USA)
A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

Directors:

Zion Myers, Jules White

Writers:

George Landy (story), Paul Gerard Smith (story) (as Paul Girard Smith) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Harmon
Anita Page ... Margie
Cliff Edwards ... Poggle
Frank Rowan Frank Rowan ... Butch
Norman Phillips Jr. Norman Phillips Jr. ... Clipper
Frank LaRue ... Sergeant
Oscar Apfel ... Judge
Syd Saylor ... Mulvaney
Clark Marshall ... Lefty
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Storyline

A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

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Plot Keywords:

boy | boxing | See All (2) »

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Keaton as a millionaire, who goes to the slums for the sake of a girl! And how he goes! Don't miss this laugh riot! (Print Ad- Brocton Mirror, ((Brocton, NY)) 11 November 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Some of the courtroom dialogue was reused in the The Stooges film "Disorder in the Court (1936)." See more »

Goofs

Lefty's pistol, a six shot, is fired twice before Harmon tosses the remaining cartridges into the fireplace. Five bullets subsequently explode in the fire. See more »

Quotes

Harmon: There should be a law against this!
Poggle: Well, there is one, but, you'd never know it.
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Connections

Featured in Tulips (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)
(uncredited)
Traditional Russian folk song
Played a bit in the play
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Buster's good
15 July 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bumbling wealthy landlord Mr. Harmon (Buster Keaton) is surprised to find his property fall into chaos caused by rowdy kids. Margie Kelly comes to aid of her little brother and knocks Harmon down. It's love at first sight for him. He decides to help the kids to win her over. It's tougher than he imagined with Margie's brother Clipper working with criminal Butch.

Silent super star Buster Keaton had mixed results during the sound era. This film is one of his successes. It does allow Buster to do his physical comedy. It's relatively funny although the seriousness of Clipper's dilemma is not that fun. Buster is still physically impressive. I do miss a large constructed stunt. While this is not at the level of his silent classics, this does allow Buster to play his character and be the butt of the joke. The romance is nice. It's not high class but Buster does his work well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidewalks of New York See more »

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Budget:

$276,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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