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Streets of New York (1939)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 April 1939 (USA)
Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune. Along the way he faces numerous obstacles, opportunities and ... See full summary »


William Nigh


Robert Hardy Andrews (story: Abe Lincoln of 9th Avenue) (as Robert D. Andrews), Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)

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Cast overview:
Jackie Cooper ... James Michael 'Jimmy' Keenan
Martin Spellman ... William McKinley 'Gimpy' Smith
Marjorie Reynolds ... Anne Carroll
Dick Purcell ... T.P. 'Tap' Keenan
George Cleveland ... Pop O'Toole
George Irving ... Judge Carroll
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Officer Burke
Sidney Miller ... Jiggsy
David Durand ... Spike Morgan
Buddy Pepper Buddy Pepper ... Flatfoot


Jimmy, an idealistic and hard-working young man, has just arrived in New York City with dreams of making his fortune. Along the way he faces numerous obstacles, opportunities and temptations, but through it all, he considers the actions of his hero, Abraham Lincoln, for guidance. Will Jimmy see his dreams come true, or will he be another of the countless hopefuls chewed up and spit out by New York's mean streets? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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NEW JUVENILE SENSATION (original poster-all caps)


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

12 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Abe Lincoln of Ninth Avenue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Streets of New York was another pretty good Jackie Cooper vehicle from the late '30s
15 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Of the three Jackie Cooper vehicles from the late '30s that I've seen that he made for Monogram Pictures, I consider this one the best of the bunch. Here, he's an aspiring lawyer who's earning his pay running a newsstand in the rough streets of New York employing many kids not much younger than him. Actually, there's one pre-teen in Gimpy (Martin Spellman) he's employing as well as looking after at home since both his parents are gone. As you probably figured out by his name, Gimpy is handicapped with a crutch to walk with. He's the kind of character teen Cooper could've played 7 years earlier. They have a nice rapport going on. Cooper's character also has to deal with a rough gang wanting to take over his corner and an adult brother who's a racketeer that he wants noting to do with. That brother was played by Dick Purcell who would eventually be the first one to portray Captain America on screen (though that Cap's civilian name wasn't Steve Rogers but Grant Gardner). Oh, and there's some nice sentiment at a Christmas party concerning a kindly judge and his niece played by a lovely young lady named Marjorie Reynolds. So in summary, Streets of New York is worth a look for anyone interested in these vintage B-movies.

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