Little Old New York

Little Old New York Information

Little Old New York is a 1940 Fox historical drama directed by Henry King and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. The film stars Alice Faye, Fred MacMurray, and Richard Greene, and is based on the play by Rida Johnson Young, which opened on September 8, 1920 and starred Genevieve Tobin, Douglas Wood, and Donald Meek.

This is one of Faye's few non-musical features, and her fans complained about her not singing in it, so a song was later included. Faye's participation in the song was minimal.

The film was first made during the silent era in 1923, and was directed by Sidney Olcott. It starred Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, and J.M. Kerrigan.

Plot synopsis

In this fictionalized account of the invention of the first successful steamboat, Clermont, engineer and inventor Robert Fulton (Richard Greene) comes to New York in 1807, where he meets tavern keeper Pat O'Day (Alice Faye). O'Day strongly supports Fulton and his visionary steamship, but her suitor Charles Browne (Fred MacMurray) isn't happy about her association with the dapper engineer, or his invention. With O'Day's help, Fulton obtains the financing needed to build his revolutionary paddle steamer, while Browne manages to turn every local deck hand and sail-powered passenger boat operator against the engineer, exploiting their fear of losing their livelihoods to a steam-powered vessel. In the end, against adversity and opposition, Fulton finally builds his new steamboat Clermont and launches her to great success, silencing his critics who had labeled it "Fulton's Folly."


  • Alice Faye " Pat O'Day
  • Fred MacMurray " Charles Browne
  • Richard Greene " Robert Fulton
  • Brenda Joyce " Harriet Livingstone
  • Andy Devine " 'Commodore' " Ferry Boat Owner
  • Henry Stephenson " Chancellor Robert L. Livingstone
  • Fritz Feld " Pearl Street Tavern Keeper
  • Ward Bond " Regan " Shipyard Owner
  • Virginia Brissac " Mrs. Rudolph Brevoort


  • Who Is the Beau of the Belle Of New York
    • Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
    • Performed by Tyler Brooke and joined by Alice Faye and other dancing patrons of Krausmeyer's Pavilion
  • Ach Du Lieber Augustine
    • Traditional German folksong
    • Played as dance music at Krausmeyer's Pavilion
  • Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
    • Traditional German folksong
    • Played as dance music at Krausmeyer's Pavilion

See also

North River Steamboat is the actual name of the historic steamboat upon which this film is based; the vessel was never known as Clermont in its era.

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