Sidewalks Of New York

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Simplistic comedy features Keaton as a wealthy apartment building owner. Though a rich playboy, Keaton falls for one of his tenement residents, played by Page. Keaton, a silent genius, muddles through this early talkie with little success. The story was cooked up by no less than four writers; the two directors had previously done short canine comedies....read more

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Simplistic comedy features Keaton as a wealthy apartment building owner. Though a rich playboy, Keaton falls for one of his tenement residents, played by Page. Keaton, a silent genius, muddles through this early talkie with little success. The story was cooked up by no less than four

writers; the two directors had previously done short canine comedies. (White would go on to work with the vastly overrated Three Stooges.) Keaton's problem was creative frustration compounded by alcohol. He was a victim of the new technology of sound and of studio executives who didn't understand

their star. Stripped of creative freedom and control, Keaton began his downward spiral here, a plunge from which he never completely recovered. Fortunately, his silent work was recognized for the art it was shortly before his death, and Keaton was able to see a revival of his comedy classics

revered by an entire new generation of filmgoers. Had he been allowed to continue working silent--as Chaplin did--Keaton could have produced an astounding body of work in the 1930s.

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  • Review: Simplistic comedy features Keaton as a wealthy apartment building owner. Though a rich playboy, Keaton falls for one of his tenement residents, played by Page. Keaton, a silent genius, muddles through this early talkie with little success. The story was co… (more)

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