A cute concept that collapses under the weight of too many characters (21 in the opening credits!), too many plot threads and too many false climaxes. Marion Davies is utterly charming as an Irish girl who poses as her own brother to claim an inheritance but she is crushed under the leaden story and unimaginative direction. Also, steamships. Go head. Ask me anything about steamships.
I will say this, though: Little Old New York is intensely GIF-able.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Marion’s identity is exposed but the rightful heir loves her to bits and so they get together and she gets the money anyway.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a desert it would be: Apple Pie Napoleon. You shoulda stopped at “pie” and called it a day but nooooo, you had to get all fancy. That’ll learn ya.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.
Question about steamships #1. Are steamships ever rude? 🙂
No, really, I like that, in an era where silent films get smooched on a lot, you don’t mind hitting them with both barrels. There’s no respecting antiquity for Fritzi!
That said, I wanna see it anyway.
Well, any silent movie is worth seeing but this one is a bit of a chore 😉
You make it seem fun Fritz. Beginning to appreciate the art form. Sometimes difficult.
But like your humor.
Hi there! I’m glad you’re giving silent films a try. Have you seen my series aimed at absolute beginners? I talk you through your first year of silent films:
Marion Davies is a great comedienne and too bad that Hearst tried to make her something she was not.
She was a delight!
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