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Sidewalks of New York (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 26 September 1931 (USA)
A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

Directors:

Zion Myers, Jules White

Writers:

George Landy (story), Paul Gerard Smith (story) (as Paul Girard Smith) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Harmon
Anita Page ... Margie
Cliff Edwards ... Poggle
Frank Rowan Frank Rowan ... Butch
Norman Phillips Jr. Norman Phillips Jr. ... Clipper
Frank LaRue ... Sergeant
Oscar Apfel ... Judge
Syd Saylor ... Mulvaney
Clark Marshall ... Lefty
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A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place.

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boy | boxing | See All (2) »

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Nothing but laughs!

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buster hat nichts zu lachen See more »

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Budget:

$276,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The dance and comedy vaudeville team of Bob Hope and George Burns had a small part in this film, but their part was cut out of the final version. See more »

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Lefty's pistol, a six shot, is fired twice before Harmon tosses the remaining cartridges into the fireplace. Five bullets subsequently explode in the fire. See more »

Quotes

Margie: Clipper Kelly, I'm sick and tired of getting you outta jams. I'd poke you in the nose right here in the street if I wasn't a lady.
Butch: Aw, lay off him, Margie. He didn't do nothin'.
Margie: If it wasn't for you he wouldn't be in all these scraps.
Butch: [to Clipper] Don't worry kid, you're all right. You hear me? I'm tellin' ya. You're all right.
Margie: And I'm tellin' ya he ain't!
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Marche Slave, Op.31
(1876) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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4 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sidewalks of New York (1931)

** (out of 4)

Buster Keaton plays a soft slum owner who falls for a woman (Anita Page) living in his building and plans on impressing her by fixing up the neighborhood and trying to make her bad brother a good kid. Keaton hated this film so much because MGM wouldn't let him have any artistic control and to his shock it became his most popular film, which was a bad thing since that told the studio they could do whatever they wanted with him. This was certainly a turning point in Keaton's career and while it's not as bad as its reputation it's certainly not the classics we're use to seeing the legend appear in. The biggest problem with the film is that it tries to be too many things at once and it doesn't do any of them very well. One moment it wants to be a comedy then it wants to be a drama and then we get more touches of a romantic comedy. The screenplay is all over the map and I found it to be too light for a drama and too mean to work as a comedy. There's a pretty ugly scene towards the end of the film when a wise guy tries to force the kid brother to kill Keaton and this stuff just doesn't work. The abuse shown at the kid who is forced to do some pretty bad things really comes off like abuse and it's hard to watch at times. Even though Keaton's hated doing this film he still manages to turn in a decent performance. Sure, this isn't the golden era of his career but he does have a few good lines and gets to show off some of his physical abilities but not enough. Page also comes off very good even though her role isn't written too well. The two actually have some nice chemistry together and make the film a lot better than it has the right to be.


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