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The Toast of New York (1937)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 30 July 1937 (USA)
Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

Directors:

Rowland V. Lee, Alexander Hall (uncredited)

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), John Twist (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Arnold ... Jim Fisk
Cary Grant ... Nick Boyd
Frances Farmer ... Josie Mansfield
Jack Oakie ... Luke
Donald Meek ... Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds Thelma Leeds ... Fleurique
Clarence Kolb ... Cornelius Vanderbilt
Billy Gilbert ... Photographer
George Irving ... Broker
Russell Hicks ... Lawyer
Dudley Clements Dudley Clements ... Collins
Lionel Belmore ... President of Board
Robert McClung Robert McClung ... Bellhop
Robert Dudley ... Janitor
Dewey Robinson ... Beef Dooley
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Storyline

The story starts just before the Civil War, showing Fisk, Boyd, and Luke conning Southern townsfolk into buying bars of soap that, might, have a $10 gold piece inside. Found out, they're chased out of town and escape across the Mason-Dixon Line just as the war starts. Fisk hatches a plan for him and Boyd to return to the South and buy cotton then smuggle it to the North where Luke is to sell it to the Northern textile mills. By the end of the war they have made millions, only to find out that Luke had been re-investing their money into Confederate Bonds. This fact-based movie shows Jim Fisk as one of the greatest con-men and entrepreneurs in history. It concludes with his involvement in "Black Friday", the Financial Panic of 1869, with fellow financier Jay Gould (who's not represented in the movie) and their attempt to corner the U.S. gold market. There's a love triangle between Fisk, Boyd and Mansfield, which is also based on historical accounts. Written by AzRanger

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The terror of Wall Street was a chump for this girl!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla conquista dei dollari See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,072,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Fisk and his partner Ned Stokes (called Nick Boyd in the movie) were married but competed for the affections of showgirl Josie Mansfield. In real life she was a world-wise dark-haired, full-figured woman who bore little resemblance to the innocent, apple-cheeked blonde sincerity of Francis Farmer. Stokes and Mansfield blackmailed Fisk, and Stokes shot Fisk to death in 1872. Although the dying Fisk named Stokes as his murderer, he only served four years of a six year term for manslaughter. See more »

Goofs

The order to "fix bayonets" is given during the parade ground sequence. The soldiers continue marching without making any effort to attach bayonets to their rifles. See more »

Quotes

Josie Mansfield: [Referring to Mlle. Fleurique's dress] But these are her clothes. It's stealing.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: Only little people call it stealing. Big people call it borrowing.
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Connections

Edited from Dixiana (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Temptation Waltz
(1937)
Music by Nathaniel Shilkret
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Probably played and sung during the "12 Temptations" montage
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One of the few movies where Cary Grant did not have top billing.
13 December 1998 | by none-85See all my reviews

This is a movie that was probably great in its time, but would be viewed as a real oddball today. I bought the video because I am a great Frances Farmer fan; she is absulutely beautiful in it. The other stars- Arnold, Grant and Oakie are also excellent in their roles. This is probably one of the very few movies where Cary Grant was not the top star and did not get top billing. The story is a little farsical and somewhat overacted, but is still very entertaining. Three of the supporting actors- Donald Meek, Clarence Kolb and Billy Gilbert- are also interesting to see.


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