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The Toast of New York (1937)

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 entrepreneur's 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!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla conquista dei dollari See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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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

Many of the original cast in studio records and casting call lists were not seen in the film. These include (with their character names): George Lollier (Reporter), 'Frank Marlowe' (Reporter), Jack Carson (Reporter), Eddie Hart (Reporter), Max Wagner (Reporter), Frank M. Thomas (Lawyer), Oscar Apfel (Wallack), George Offerman Jr. (Usher), Sidney Bracey (Waiter), Don Brodie, Lloyd Ingraham (Man in New York Restaurant), Frank Mills (First Mug), Russ Powell (Second Mug), Ethan Laidlaw (Third Mug), Edward LeSaint (Member of the Board of Directors), Edward Peil Sr. (First Gentleman), Tom Ricketts (Member of the Board of Directors) and William Worthington (Judge). Henry Kolker was listed in the cast by a news item, but he also was not seen in the film. Gavin Gordon, listed as a 'Southern Major' cannot be seen in the final release print. See more »

Goofs

After the photographer's first attempt to take the picture is ruined by being over-exposed, he fails to change the plate before taking the second one. See more »

Quotes

James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: [Preparing to enter a festive room] Are you ready?
Josie Mansfield: I'm frightened to death.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: You're in the circle now. You've got the prettiest feathers in the room. Now spread 'em.
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Edited from The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
In the score for the opening scene
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enjoyable and thought-provoking
10 August 2000 | by dm032See all my reviews

Great film - starts out as a whimsical joyride and ends with a thought-provoking meditation on the evils of greed. Arnold is grand as the larger than life huckster turned Wall Street whiz. Farmer is his temptation (she actually stars in a musical by that name in the movie) and boy does Arnold take the bait. Unusual mix of biblical imagery and slapstick, but it all holds together. One point of interest - Arnold and Farmer play almost exactly the same characters in another movie of that period - "Come and Get it"


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