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Little Old New York (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Harry Tugend (screen play), John L. Balderston (story) (as John Balderston) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Pat O'Day
Fred MacMurray ... Charles Brownne
Richard Greene ... Robert Fulton
Brenda Joyce ... Harriet Livingston
Andy Devine ... 'Commodore'
Henry Stephenson ... Robert R. Livingston
Fritz Feld ... Tavern Keeper
Ward Bond ... Regan
Clarence Wilson ... Willie Stout (as Clarence Hummel Wilson)
Robert Middlemass ... Nicholas Roosevelt
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... John Jacob Astor
Theodore von Eltz ... Washington Irving (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Sea Captain
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Brevoort
Stanley Andrews ... Patrol Captain
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Storyline

Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.

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A spirited belle of the brawling waterfront, fighting for the heart of handsome Robert Fulton (print ad)


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les révoltés du Clermont See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 8 September 1920 and closed in June 1921 after 303 performances. The opening night cast included Genevieve Tobin as Pat O'Day, Douglas Wood, as Cornelius Vanderbuilt and Donald Meek. See more »

Quotes

Regan: [to Fulton] Why, you dribblin' young pup - I'll break you in two!
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Connections

Version of Little Old New York (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Du, Du Liegst Mir im Herzen
(uncredited)
Traditional German folksong
Played as dance music at Krausmeyer's Pavillion
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Historical nonsense....
2 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an incredibly fictionalized account of the work of Robert Fulton to make the first American steamship. Alice Faye, Fred MacMurray and Ward Bond are there...even though they really were inventions of the playwright to first came up with this story. As a history lesson, it comes up lacking! What follows is sort of a comic book version of history--the sort of thing that Hollywood often did in their highly fictionalize 'true stories'.

So is this any good? Well, it looks nice. Twentieth Century-Fox made lovely looking films and the music and glitz are all present in this expensive production. It's also mildly entertaining...but slight. No great drama or comedy here...just another highly fictionalized film along the same lines as "In Old Chicago" and nothing more.


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