Sidewalks of New York
Warner Archive Collection (series)
One of Keaton's earliest ventures into sound film, Sidewalks of New York brims with the comedian's trademark acrobatic antics and nonstop slapstick pandemonium.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 8, 2011
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- PCM Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Zion Myers, Anita Page, Cliff Edwards, Frank Rowan, Norman Phillips, Jr., Oscar Apfel, Syd Saylor & Clark Marshall|
|Directed by||Jules White & Zion Myers|
|Edited by||Charles Hochberg|
|Written by||George Landy, Paul Gerard Smith & Eric Hatch|
|Cinematography by||Leonard M. Smith|
|Produced by||Lawrence Weingarten|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Didn't I just put you in Butch's car in that dame's outfit'... Well, I put somebody in there." (Lefty to Clipper)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Immortal film clown Buster Keaton ignites a big city free-for-all in this riotous "talkie" costarring Anita Page and Cliff Edwards. In a hilariously hapless attempt to collect the rent on one of his inner city tenements, wealthy uptown landlord Harmon (Keaton) is mobbed by unruly street urchins. But when he sets his eyes on Margie (Page), the beautiful older sister of a young tough named Clipper, Harmon forgets all about his rent money. Smitten by Margie, and suddenly imbued with the spirit of philanthropy, Harmon commences a sidesplitting campaign to "reform" Clipper and the rest of the street kids. Harmon and his faithful valet Poggle (Edwards) pull out all the stops to lure the kids off the streets -- and simultaneously foil the scheme of a local crook who also has designs on Margie.
As a hapless New York millionaire, Keaton falls for an inner city gal and determines to win her heart by saving her street urchin brother from a life of crime.
A millionaire comes down to the slums to collect rent on the buildings he owns and falls in love with the sister of one of the ruffians who beat him up. Resolving to help the kids in the neighborhood (and impress the sister as well), he finds himself caught in the middle of a gang that is using the kids to commit crimes.
- A Buster Keaton Production. "Sidewalks of New York," cost $276,000 to produce in 1931, and in its initial release, grossed $855,000, which was better than any of Buster Keaton's silent films had done. This, in particular, did not help Keaton in his arguments with the MGM-head-of-production, Irving Thalberg, that the studio was picking terrible projects for him.
- Released in the USA September 26, 1931.
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