Little Old New York
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Marion Davies shines as a feisty Irish lass who masquerades as her late brother and comes to early 1800s New York to claim a fortune left to him, in this lively and fun-filled silent drama. With Harrison Ford, Stephen Carr. 106 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.
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In this case, all Alice Faye fans will be pleased to be able to add to their library "Little Old New York". This sumptuous production, directed by Faye's favourite director, Henry King, ("Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "In Old Chicago") is a delightful comedy drama of the story of Robert Fulton who launched the first paddle steamer. As a nostalgic piece of Americana, the film is very entertaining even if the facts are distorted. Faye plays feisty Irish barmaid, Pat O'Day, and she is as animated and amusing as she ever appeared. This is a straight comedy performance and Faye dominates the film perfectly. She has two well cast leading men, rugged Fred MacMurray and gentlemanly Richard Greene, opposite her. She only sings a few bars too.
The print is good but the price is high given the DVD has no extras, not even a scene selection.
This is basically a non - singing role for Alice Faye (one small song). I'm sure that the story line is a highly fabricated account of Robert Fulton's efforts to build his steam boat but it's Hollywood in the 1940s and the film is really more entertainment than history. Everyone one in it is very handsome / pretty. Alice is a real favorite of mine and I like her in just about any film she did. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Fox will eventually release some of her films from the 1930s.
The quality of the DVD print is certainly better than my old homemade VHS tape (where one scene is so dark that I had no idea of what was going on in the film).