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Little Old New York
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Nov 1923
Duration (in feet):   10,366
Duration (in reels):   11
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Cast:   Marion Davies (Patricia O'Day)  
    Stephen Carr (Patrick O'Day)  
    J. M. Kerrigan (John O'Day)  
    Harrison Ford (Larry Delavan)  
    Courtenay Foote (Robert Fulton)  
    Mahlon Hamilton (Washington Irving)  
    Norval Keedwell (Fitz-Greene Halleck)  
    George Barraud (Henry Brevoort)  
    Sam Hardy (Cornelius Vanderbilt)  
    Andrew Dillon (John Jacob Astor)  
    Riley Hatch (Mr. DePuyster)  
    Charles Kennedy (Reilly)  
    Spencer Charters (Bunny)  
    Harry Watson (Bully Boy Brewster)  
    Louis Wolheim (Hoboken Terror)  
    Charles Judels (Delmonico)  
    Gypsy O'Brien (Ariana DePuyster)  
    Mary Kennedy (Betty Schuyler)  
    Elizabeth Murray (Rachel Brewster)  
    Thomas Findlay (Chancellor Livingston)  
    Marie Burke (Mrs. Schuyler)  

Summary: Patricia O'Day comes to America to claim a fortune left to her brother, who has died en route. In that circumstance the fortune should revert to the stepson, Larry Delavan, but disguised as Patrick, her brother, Patricia gets the inheritance and wins the friendship of Larry Delavan when she assists him in financing Robert Fulton's steamship venture. During a riot Patricia reveals her true identity; she and Delavan marry and go to Ireland. 

Production Company: Cosmopolitan Pictures  
Distribution Company: Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corp.  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Writer: Luther Reed (Adpt)
Photography: Ira H. Morgan (Dir of photog)
  Gilbert Warrenton (Dir of photog)
Costumes: Gretl Urban (Cost)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play Little Old New York by Rida Johnson Young (New York, 8 Sep 1920).
Authors: Rida Johnson Young

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
William Randolph Hearst 21/9/1923 dd/mm/yyyy LP19451

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Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): John Jacob Astor
  Loenzo Delmonico
  Robert Fulton
  Fitz-Greene Halleck
  Immigrants
  Impersonation and imposture
  Inheritance
  Irish
  Irish Americans
  Washington Irving
  New York City
  Steamboats
  Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.

Note: Another adaptation of Rida Johnson Young's play was produced by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1940, directed by Henry King and starring Alice Faye and Fred MacMurray (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   5 Aug 1923.   
MPW   18 Aug 1923.   
New York Times   2 Aug 1923   p. 10.
Variety   9 Aug 1923   p. 26.

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