Little Old New York

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

LITTLE OLD NEW YORK is not much more than a romantic comedy history lesson that would have benefited greatly if the film had been a musical. Greene is Robert Fulton, and he arrives in New York in 1807 after having made several experiments of his theories in France. He moves into a tavern run by Alice Faye, then calls upon Stephenson, the Chancellor, to...read more

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LITTLE OLD NEW YORK is not much more than a romantic comedy history lesson that would have benefited greatly if the film had been a musical. Greene is Robert Fulton, and he arrives in New York in 1807 after having made several experiments of his theories in France. He moves into a tavern

run by Alice Faye, then calls upon Stephenson, the Chancellor, to help him secure financing for his steamboat. Fay's boyfriend, MacMurray, is a sailor and jealous of the attention Faye showers on Greene, but that's temporarily set aside when Greene falls for Stephenson's niece, Joyce. With that

out of the way, MacMurray helps Greene in building the boat, but a group of sailors think that the new form of transportation will put them out of work so they burn it. Bond is the leader of the gang and is thrilled when the ship is left a smoldering ruin. Stephenson stops donating money, so Faye

rallies some of her friends, and they raise the cash. She thinks Greene is in love with her, and MacMurray is again miffed and refuses to work on the construction. Faye prevails on him, but he and Greene look daggers at each other. An embargo against foreign goods is signed, and Bond works for the

harbor patrol in keeping the British materials from the city, but Greene and MacMurray sail out to sea under fog and darkness cover to secure the steam engine from a waiting British ship. The engine is placed in Fulton's boat, and everyone in New York is there to see "Fulton's Folly," but the

steamship works much to their surprise. Faye finally understands that Greene loves Joyce, so she abandons her infatuation and will marry MacMurray. This had been a silent movie with Marion Davies in 1923, and the clunkiness of the dialog leads one to believe that it might have been better left

silent.

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