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Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

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Jim Fisk
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Nick Boyd
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Josie Mansfield
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Luke
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Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds ...
Fleurique
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Cornelius Vanderbilt
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Photographer
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Broker
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Lawyer
Dudley Clements ...
Collins
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President of Board
Robert McClung ...
Bellhop
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Janitor
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Beef Dooley
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Top Sergeant
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Stabbed Actor in Play (uncredited)
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Wallack (uncredited)
William Arnold ...
Broker (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Broker (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ...
Mr. Taylor - Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)
James Barnes ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Hungry Panhandler (uncredited)
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Sheriff (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Tyrone Brereton ...
Southern Cracker (uncredited)
Robert Brister ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Taylor Hotel Waiter-Workman (uncredited)
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Heather - Josie's Maid (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Virginia Lee (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ...
Stock Market Loser (uncredited)
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Fisk Broker (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ...
First Tailor (uncredited)
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Perkins - Luke's Secretary in Boston (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Mary Lou (uncredited)
Ginger Connolly ...
Call Boy (uncredited)
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Train Passenger (uncredited)
Hal Craig ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Second Tailor (uncredited)
Frank Darien ...
Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ...
Astor House Headwaiter (uncredited)
Wally Dean ...
Man in New York Restaurant (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ...
Toastmaster (uncredited)
Charles Dorety ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Emile Durelle ...
Buyer (uncredited)
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Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
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Man in New York Restaurant (uncredited)
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Reporter Talking to Nick (uncredited)
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Trick-Hat Inventor (uncredited)
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Buyer (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ...
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
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Vanderbilt's Broker (uncredited)
Peter Gerhard ...
Printer (uncredited)
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Southern Major (uncredited)
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Mrs. Callahan - Charwoman (uncredited)
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Angry Stockholder who Shoots Fisk (uncredited)
Malcolm Graham ...
Second Gentleman (uncredited)
Allen Greer ...
Southern Cracker (uncredited)
Ben Hall ...
Eternal Flame Inventor (uncredited)
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Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ...
Mountaineer (uncredited)
Clarence Harvey ...
Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
Edward Heim ...
Printer (uncredited)
Frank Hemphill ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Ben Hewlett ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Mother (uncredited)
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Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
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Man in New York Restaurant (uncredited)
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Third Gentleman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
William Jeffrey ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
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Member of the Board of Directors (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Southern Man (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)
Fred Lee ...
Bostonian in Restaurant (uncredited)
William Lemuels ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Man at Opera (uncredited)
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Man in New York Restaurant (uncredited)
Marie Marks ...
Check Room Girl (uncredited)
John Marshall ...
Fisk Broker (uncredited)
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Angry Southerner on Horseback (uncredited)
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Tall Panhandler (uncredited)
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Buyer (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Broker (uncredited)
Walter Murray ...
Broker (uncredited)
Tom O'Grady ...
Broker (uncredited)
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Vanderbilt Associate (uncredited)
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Soldier on Firehose (uncredited)
Lon Poff ...
Mountaineer (uncredited)
James Quinn ...
News Butcher (uncredited)
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Soldier with Hose (uncredited)
Frank Rasmussen ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Ernest Shields ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Cameron Smith ...
Buyer (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Buyer (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ...
Little Broker (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
John M. Sullivan ...
Stock Exchange President (uncredited)
Frank Arthur Swales ...
Inventor (uncredited)
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Fisk's Lawyer (uncredited)
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Joe Santelli - Italian Wagon Owner (uncredited)
Ted Thompson ...
Man in New York Restaurant (uncredited)
Francis Palmer Tilton ...
Artist (uncredited)
Foy Van Dolsen ...
Inventor (uncredited)
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Reporter Talking to Nick (uncredited)
William Wagner ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Vanderbilt's Broker (uncredited)
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Drilling Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rowland V. Lee
Alexander Hall ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Dudley Nichols ... (screenplay) &
John Twist ... (screenplay) &
Joel Sayre ... (screenplay)
 
Bouck White ... (based on: "The Book of Daniel Drew" by)
 
Matthew Josephson ... (and the story: "Robber Barons" by)
 
Thomas Lennon ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
 
P.J. Wolfson ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Edward Small ... producer
Samuel J. Briskin ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Nathaniel Shilkret ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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J. Peverell Marley ... (photographed by) (as Peverell Marley)

Film Editing by

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Samuel E. Beetley ... (as Samuel Beetley)
George Hively ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Douglas Travers ... montage

Art Direction by

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Van Nest Polglase

Costume Design by

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Edward Stevenson

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dewey Starkey ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Carroll Clark ... associate art director
Darrell Silvera ... set designer

Sound Department

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John L. Cass ... recordist

Special Effects by

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Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

Music Department

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Nathaniel Shilkret ... musical director
Max Steiner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Bill Rice ... publicity writer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The story starts just before the Civil War, showing Fisk, Boyd, and Luke conning Southern townsfolk into buying bars of soap that, might, have a $10 gold piece inside. Found out, they're chased out of town and escape across the Mason-Dixon Line just as the war starts. Fisk hatches a plan for him and Boyd to return to the South and buy cotton then smuggle it to the North where Luke is to sell it to the Northern textile mills. By the end of the war they have made millions, only to find out that Luke had been re-investing their money into Confederate Bonds. This fact-based movie shows Jim Fisk as one of the greatest con-men and entrepreneur's in history. It concludes with his involvement in "Black Friday", the Financial Panic of 1869, with fellow financier Jay Gould (who's not represented in the movie) and their attempt to corner the U.S. gold market. There's a love triangle between Fisk, Boyd and Mansfield, which is also based on historical accounts. Written by AzRanger

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Taglines The terror of Wall Street was a chump for this girl! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'or et la chair (France)
  • L'or et la femme (France)
  • El ídolo de Nueva York (Spain)
  • Potega zlota (Poland)
  • De fyra äventyrarna (Sweden)
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  • 109 min
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Budget $1,072,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Both Fisk and his partner Ned Stokes (called Nick Boyd in the movie) were married but competed for the affections of showgirl Josie Mansfield. In real life she was a world-wise dark-haired, full-figured woman who bore little resemblance to the innocent, apple-cheeked blonde sincerity of Francis Farmer. Stokes and Mansfield blackmailed Fisk, and Stokes shot Fisk to death in 1872. Although the dying Fisk named Stokes as his murderer, he only served four years of a six year term for manslaughter. See more »
Goofs After the photographer's first attempt to take the picture is ruined by being over-exposed, he fails to change the plate before taking the second one. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Dixiana (1930). See more »
Soundtracks The First Time I Saw You See more »
Quotes Josie Mansfield: [Referring to Mlle. Fleurique's dress] But these are her clothes. It's stealing.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: Only little people call it stealing. Big people call it borrowing.
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