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New York Town (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 October 1941 (USA)
Victor Ballard is a poor but happy-go-lucky New York sidewalk photographer who shares a studio apartment with a painter from Poland, Stefan Janowski. When Victor shoots a photo of Alexandra... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screen play), Jo Swerling (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Victor Ballard
Mary Martin ... Alexandra Curtis
Robert Preston ... Paul Bryson, Jr.
Akim Tamiroff ... Stefan Janowski
Lynne Overman ... Sam
Eric Blore ... Vivian
Fuzzy Knight ... Gus Nelson
Cecil Kellaway ... Shipboard Host
Oliver Blake ... Bender (as Oliver Prickett)
Edward McNamara Edward McNamara ... Brody
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Storyline

Victor Ballard is a poor but happy-go-lucky New York sidewalk photographer who shares a studio apartment with a painter from Poland, Stefan Janowski. When Victor shoots a photo of Alexandra Curtis, he realizes she is desperate and in need of a friend who can guide her through the ways and means of surviving in Manhattan with no money.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York es así See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film starts with a long single take shot used the establish the personalities of the apartment residents. See more »

Quotes

Victor Ballard: Why should I worry, Steve? Why should anybody worry? This is New York. East Side, West Side. Uptown, downtown. Rich slobs and poor dopes. It's wonderful. What variety! Big buildings and little people. And lots of opportunity. That's me, Steve - Joe Opportunity, himself.
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Soundtracks

Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay!
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Music by John H. Flynn
Lyrics by Will D. Cobb
Arranged by Jule Styne
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A sad disappointment
18 December 2007 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Given that Preston Sturges was an uncredited writer and director on this film it has to be said that this film is a great disappointment.Clearly given the cast Paramount must have been looking on this film as one of their A pictures.The story is rather threadbare and the whole sorry mess rarely if ever manages to raise a laugh.Most books seem to show this film as running 94 minutes but the copy i viewed thankfully only ran 78 minutes.I doubt that the missing 16 minutes would have made any difference.The fact that so few people seem to have voted for this makes me feel that its poor reputation must preceed it.Funny how ill served was Mary Martin by the film vehicles that she chose to star in.A great talent wasted by the cinema.


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