The Toast of New York

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316140406
  • Original Release: 1937
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,699

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