Streets of New York (1939)

73 mins | Drama | 15 April 1939

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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , William Nigh took over the direction of this picture from Jack Mintz when Mintz became ill with the flu. The change in directors caused the film to finish two days behind ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , William Nigh took over the direction of this picture from Jack Mintz when Mintz became ill with the flu. The change in directors caused the film to finish two days behind schedule. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Apr 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Apr 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 39
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 39
p. 13.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Apr 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 39
p. 59.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Apr 39
p. 64.
New York Times
1 May 39
p. 21.
Variety
19 Apr 39
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1939
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 12 April 1939
Production Date:
mid February--6 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 March 1939
Copyright Number:
LP 8793
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5237
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jimmy Keenan, known as the "Abe Lincoln" of Ninth Avenue, runs a newstand by day and attends law school at night. Jimmy lives in a basement with Gimpy, the little handicapped boy he has adopted, and tries his best to keep his newsboys out of trouble. Jimmy's task is complicated by Spike Morgan, a street tough who wants to take over Jimmy's newstand. After Jimmy's boys are arrested for playing craps with Spike, Jimmy goes to court to defend his pals, and there meets and is befriended by Judge Carroll. Jimmy and his boys spend a wonderful Christmas with the Judge and his niece Anne, but Jimmy's happiness is soon shattered when his racketeer brother, Tap Keenan, kills two police officers and hides out in Jimmy's room. Jimmy orders Tap to leave, and in the ensuing fight, Gimpy is shot. Tap is finally captured and sentenced to the electric chair, and as Jimmy awaits Gimpy's return from the hospital, he tearfully continues his pursuit of the ... +


Jimmy Keenan, known as the "Abe Lincoln" of Ninth Avenue, runs a newstand by day and attends law school at night. Jimmy lives in a basement with Gimpy, the little handicapped boy he has adopted, and tries his best to keep his newsboys out of trouble. Jimmy's task is complicated by Spike Morgan, a street tough who wants to take over Jimmy's newstand. After Jimmy's boys are arrested for playing craps with Spike, Jimmy goes to court to defend his pals, and there meets and is befriended by Judge Carroll. Jimmy and his boys spend a wonderful Christmas with the Judge and his niece Anne, but Jimmy's happiness is soon shattered when his racketeer brother, Tap Keenan, kills two police officers and hides out in Jimmy's room. Jimmy orders Tap to leave, and in the ensuing fight, Gimpy is shot. Tap is finally captured and sentenced to the electric chair, and as Jimmy awaits Gimpy's return from the hospital, he tearfully continues his pursuit of the law. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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