LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (1923)
Co-presented with the Irish Film Institute
Marion Davies shines as Patricia O'Day in this delightful emigrant comedy about a young Irish girl who comes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. While masquerading impishly as a boy and cleverly negotiating the world of high finance, steam ships and bare-knuckle boxing, Pat also manages to fall in love with her cousin, Larry Delavan (Harrison Ford). Directed by Sidney Olcott (formerly of Kalem Films, 1910–1915), who was no stranger to Irish emigrant drama, and lavishly produced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (with whom Davies was romantically involved) the film was a huge box office success. A tremendous effort went into the making of LITTLE OLD NEW YORK, and the scenes of the old houses of Manhattan are charming in their historical accuracy. However, it is lead actress Davies who steals the show as the youthful Pat who charms far and above everything else. (Note adapted from the Irish Film Institute.) DIR Sidney Olcott; SCR Luther Reed, from the play "Little Old New York" by Rida Johnson Young; PROD William Randolph Hearst. U.S., 1923, b&w, 110 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED
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