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Knickerbocker Holiday (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, History, Musical | 17 March 1944 (USA)
It's 1650 in New Amsterdam, and Brom Broeck, a young outspoken newspaper publisher is arrested for printing advanced opinions on the undemocratic rule of Govenor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant. While... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Joe Brown

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (from the play by), Kurt Weill (from the play by) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nelson Eddy ... Brom Broeck
Charles Coburn ... Peter Stuyvesant
Constance Dowling ... Tina Tienhoven
Ernest Cossart ... Tienhoven
Shelley Winters ... Ulda Tienhoven (as Shelley Winter)
Johnnie Davis ... Tenpin (as Johnny 'Scat' Davis)
Percy Kilbride ... Schermerhorn
Otto Kruger ... Roosevelt
Fritz Feld ... Poffenburgh
Richard Hale ... Tammany
Carmen Amaya ... Gypsy Dancer
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Storyline

It's 1650 in New Amsterdam, and Brom Broeck, a young outspoken newspaper publisher is arrested for printing advanced opinions on the undemocratic rule of Govenor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant. While Brom is in prison, old "Peg-Leg" goes on the make for Brom's sweetheart. But, when "Peg-Leg" is forced to release Brom... Watch-out! Written by Kelly

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The girls all want to go steady with Eddy! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Que Dança See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although most of the stage musical's songs were omitted from the film, "September Song" did make it into the film, and the original lyrics of the song (referring to Peter Stuyvesant's wooden leg) were used, rather than the more familiar ones sung by most popular and nightclub singers. See more »

Connections

Version of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Knickerbocker Holiday (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

There's Nowhere to Go But Up
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Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
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Little Old New Amsterdam
5 November 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Knickerbocker Holiday was one of three feature films Nelson Eddy starred in after leaving MGM after his last starring role with Jeanette MacDonald in I Married An Angel. His first film was the highly successful Phantom of the Opera, the third was a disastrous original musical for Republic, Northwest Outpost. Falling somewhere in the middle was Knickerbocker Holiday.

It's not that it's a bad film, but nearly all the Kurt Weill-Maxwell Anderson score is eliminated and a whole lot of the biting satire in the book. Knickerbocker Holiday ran for 168 performances on Broadway during the 1938-1939 season and starred Walter Huston as Peter Stuyvesant, the famous one legged colonial governor of New Amsterdam, the last one before the British took over the colonies.

Walter Huston's famous talk/sing version of the immortal September Song is world famous. Why they didn't get Huston for the screen is a mystery, but why Charles Coburn as Stuyvesant tried to actually sing the song is frightening. Coburn was decidedly not blessed with a singing voice and he really looks bad next to Nelson Eddy. Coburn can best be described as bellowing the immortal ballad.

Eddy took the role of the young firebrand Brom Broeck, a part not unlike the one he did at MGM in Let Freedom Ring. He doesn't get to sing the immortal September Song. His songs are quite forgettable and most of them were written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn who certainly have a lot better work to their credit. In fact a ballad entitled It Never Was You was Brom Broeck's big number on stage and that was eliminated. I commend a recording that Judy Garland made of it for Capitol records in the fifties. She sang it also in I Could Go On Singing.

Playing Eddy's love interest is Constance Dowling who sings nice and who Coburn is also on the prowl for. In fact the September Song is his way of wooing her by saying he's not getting any younger. Her younger sister is Shelley Winters in one of her first screen roles. I also liked Ernest Cossart as their greedy father and Percy Kilbride as the timid jailer of New Amsterdam.

Sad to say for all involved it was a nice effort, but a lot of improvement could have made this a classic.


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