Toast of New York

Toast of New York

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Director: Rowland V. Lee

Cast: Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer

     
 

Allegedly based on two factual works, Bouck White's The Book of Daniel Drew and Matthew Josephson's The Robber Barons, RKO's The Toast of New York is a largely fanciful account of the career of 1870s financier "Jubilee Jim" Fisk. As played by Edward Arnold in his usual "tycoon" mode, Fisk was a likable scoundrel who finagled his way into the upperSee more details below

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Allegedly based on two factual works, Bouck White's The Book of Daniel Drew and Matthew Josephson's The Robber Barons, RKO's The Toast of New York is a largely fanciful account of the career of 1870s financier "Jubilee Jim" Fisk. As played by Edward Arnold in his usual "tycoon" mode, Fisk was a likable scoundrel who finagled his way into the upper rungs of Wall Street as much for fun as for profit. The film conveniently ignores Fisk's involvement with the infamous Tweed Ring, and skims over his complicity in 1869's "Black Friday," one of the most disastrous events in American economic history. We are also offered a sanitized version of Fisk's notorious mistress Josie Mansfield, who as played by Frances Farmer is an apple-cheeked lass who regards Fisk only as a loyal friend. Cary Grant is along for the ride as "Nick Boyd," a thinly disguised version of Fisk's actual partner in crime Ned Stokes. Too costly to post a profit, Toast of New York is nonetheless fine non-think entertainment, kept alive by a superb supporting cast ranging from Donald Meek as Daniel Drew and Clarence Kolb as Cornelius Vanderbilt to such bit players as Laurel & Hardy perennial James Finlayson, who plays the inventor of a self-tipping hat!

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The factual accuracy of The Toast of New York could just about fill a thimble, which puts it on a par with so many Hollywood biopics. For those unbothered by the blatant distortions and outright lies, however, Toast is a pretty darn entertaining little rise-and-fall story -- or, more to the point, rise-and-death story. It's all nonsense, of course; the story that Dudley Nichols, Joel Sayre, Derek N. Twist and John Twist have concocted is the kind of implausible but delightful tomfoolery that Hollywood excelled in. If it's unbelievable, it's still entertaining, and most important of all, it gives corpulent, gravel-voiced Edward Arnold the chance to play one of his patented "rich schemer" roles. At the time Toast was made, Arnold had something of a lock on this kind of part, and with good reason: no one else was ever as much fun in them. He holds the film together, even when the screenplay threatens to run it off the rails. He gets some very valuable help in this area from a young, just-about-a-star Cary Grant, whose own particular charm was also helpful in parts like this, which are on the shady side. Frances Farmer is also quite good, which is impressive considering how incredibly dull her part is as written, and the supporting cast is just ducky.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316140406
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
47,286

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Arnold Jim Fisk
Cary Grant Nick Boyd
Frances Farmer Josie Mansfield
Jack Oakie Luke
Donald Meek Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds Fleurigue
Clarence Kolb Cornelius Vanderbilt
Billy Gilbert Photographer
George S. Irving Broker
Frank M. Thomas Lawyer
Russell Hicks Lawyer
Oscar Apfel Wallack
Dudley Clements Collins
Lionel Belmore President of the Board
Robert Dudley Janitor
Ernie Shield Clerk
Dewey Robinson Beef Dooley
Stanley Fields Top Sergeant
Gavin Gordon Southern Major
Joyce Compton Mary Lou
Virginia Carroll Virginia Lee
William Arnold Actor
Reginald Barlow Hotel Proprietor
Clem Bevans Panhandler
Stanley Blystone Sheriff
Sidney Bracey Waiter
Lynton Brent Actor
Tom Brewer Actor
Don Brodie Actor
Daisy Bufford Maid
James Carlisle Broker
Jack Carson Actor
Allen Cavan Actor
Tom Chatterton Actor
Harvey Clark Actor
George Cleveland Secretary
Tom Coleman Sergeant
Hal Craig Actor
Frank Hall Crane Tailor
Frank Darien Actor
Joseph DeStefani Headwaiter
Homer Dickinson Toastmaster
Earl Dwire Board of Directors Member
Jay Eaton Men in Restaurant
Jack Egan Actor
James Finlayson Actor
J.C. Fowler Actor
Christian J. Frank Deputy Sheriff
Mary Gordon Charwoman
William Gould Actor
Allen Greer Actor
Ben Hall Actor
Winter Hall Actor
Frank Hammond Mountaineer
Eddie Hart Actor
Frank Hemphill Stage Hand
Bentley Hewlett Reporter
Maxine Hicks Mother
Otto Hoffman Actor
Reed Howes Actor
Lloyd Ingraham Actor
Gladden James Gentleman
William Jeffrey Actor
Jack Kenney Actor
Crauford Kent Actor
Richard Kipling Southerner
Ethan Laidlaw Mugs
Fred Lee Bostonian in Restaurant
Edward J. Le Saint President of the Board
Jack Luden Actor
John Marshall Fisk Broker
Nelson McDowell Actor
Frank Mills Actor
Margaret Morris Actor
Jack Mulhall Actor
Tom O'Grady Actor
Ted Offenbecker Usher
Bradley Page Bits
Edward Peil Actor
Lon Poff Actor
James Quinn News Butcher
Frank Rasmussen Clerk
Tom Ricketts Board of Directors Member
Cameron Smith Buyer
Jerome Storm Little Broker
John Maurice Sullivan President of Exchange
Nick Thompson Italian Driver
Foy Van Dolsen Inventor
William Worthington Judge
Bob McClung Bellhop
Ted Thompson Actor
Wally Dean Actor
Frank Swales Actor
Isabelle La Mal Woman
Francis Palmer Tilton Artist
James Barnes Actor
Larry Steers Actor
Tyrone Brereton Southern Crackers
Malcolm Graham Actor

Technical Credits
Rowland V. Lee Director
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
John L. Cass Sound/Sound Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
L. Wolfe Gilbert Songwriter
George Hively Editor
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Joel Sayre Screenwriter
Nathaniel Shilkret Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Small Producer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Allie Wrubel Songwriter

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