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So This Is New York (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy | June 1948 (USA)
A small town man inherits a significant fortune and takes his family to New York City. Urban culture shock takes the form of strange ways and oddball characters Based on Ring Lardner's novel "The Big Town."

Director:

Richard Fleischer (as Richard O. Fleischer)

Writers:

Carl Foreman (screenplay), Herbert Baker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Henry Morgan ... Ernie Finch
Rudy Vallee ... Herbert Daley
Bill Goodwin ... Jimmy Ralston / Captain Shaw in Play
Hugh Herbert ... Mr. Lucius Trumball
Leo Gorcey ... Sid Mercer - Jockey
Virginia Grey ... Ella Goff Finch
Dona Drake ... Kate Goff / Maid in Play
Jerome Cowan ... Francis Griffin
Dave Willock ... Willis Gilbey
Frank Orth ... A.J. Gluskoter
Arnold Stang ... Western Union Clerk
William Bakewell ... Hotel Clerk
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A small town man inherits a significant fortune and takes his family to New York City. Urban culture shock takes the form of strange ways and oddball characters Based on Ring Lardner's novel "The Big Town."

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IT'S A BANG-UP LAUGH FILLED JOY RIDE WITH GALS-GALS-GALS and MORE GALS AND THEIR FASCINATING CHARACTERS, See more »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The movie is based on the novel "The Big Town" by Ring Lardner. See more »

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References Lost in the Arctic (1928) See more »

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Barber of Seville Overture
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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So This Is New York was a nice surprise of an obscure comedy with some familiar players in it
27 July 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I accidentally discovered that Leo Gorcey was one of the players in this movie on the Blu-ray box, I had to seek this one out. I've been watching lots of movies made in the '40s in chronological order recently so it was a nice surprise to also find out Bill Goodwin, Hugh Herbert, Rudy Vallee, and Jerome Cowan are also in this one. Anyway, radio comedian Henry Morgan plays the husband of Virginia Grey whose sister Dona Drake is single and since they've just inherited some money, they all go to New York to experience the high life though Morgan does so reluctantly. There are many cynically funny lines and the characters played by many of the players I mentioned bring great atmosphere to the proceedings. Henry Morgan, himself, may not have been much of an actor but he's surrounded by some of the best here like Arnold Stang-who often worked with him on radio-doing a hilarious take on a Western Union clerk. So on that note, I highly recommend So This Is New York. P.S. Since I like to cite when people associated with my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-is involved in something else I review here, I have to note that the score here is done by Dimitri Tiomkin who was also involved in IAWL. As an aside, I also should note the use of a freeze-frame when a voice-over is heard being as effective here as in that Frank Capra masterpiece. Also, Dick Elliot, who said in that film "Youth is wasted on the wrong people!" after asking James Stewart why he doesn't kiss Donna Reed instead of talking her to death, plays a very funny heckler here when viewing a play starring Ms. Drake and Goodwin. Oh, and it's funny to me when the Goodwin character mentions giving jokes to Al Jolson (the film takes place just after World War I ended) since he was just in The Jolson Story a year or two previous.


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