Sidewalks of New York (1931 film)

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Sidewalks of New York
Poster - Sidewalks of New York (1931) 01.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zion Myers
Jules White
Produced by Lawrence Weingarten
Written by Dialogue by Robert E. Hopkins, Eric Hatch, and Willard Mack
Story by George Landy and Paul Girard Smith
Starring Buster Keaton
Anita Page
Cliff Edwards
Frank Rowan
Norman Phillips, Jr.
Music by Domenico Savino
Cinematography Leonard Smith
Edited by Charles Hochberg
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
September 26, 1931 (1931-09-26)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sidewalks of New York is a 1931 American comedy film directed by Zion Myers and Jules White and starring Buster Keaton. The film was commercially successful.


Harmon (Keaton) is a wealthy landlord. When he goes to visit one of his tenements, he gets caught in the middle of a brawl between groups of kids, one of whom, Clipper Kelly (Phillips) starts to attack Harmon. When Harmon defends himself, he is seen by Clipper's sister, Margie (Page). Harmon falls in love at first sight and begins to woo her following his trial for attacking Clipper. In order to demonstrate that he is okay, Harmon opens a gymnasium for the street boys, but Clipper, who has fallen in with a small-time gangster, Butch (Rowan), wants nothing to do with Harmon and turns the other boys against him.

Harmon tries to win them over by staging a wrestling match with his friend Poggle (Edwards) and a rigged boxing match with Mulvaney (Saylor). In the meantime, Butch has gotten Clipper involved in a series of robberies with Clipper dressed as a woman. When Butch and Clipper believe Harmon has learned of their activities, Butch orders Clipper to kill Harmon during a stage play that is being performed at the gymnasium, but Clipper gets cold feet. Butch grabs Harmon, who is dressed in Clipper's drag costume, and heads up to Harmon's mansion to rob it. Butch's gang joins them and Clipper and the other boys come to Harmon's rescue.



Keaton's most commercially successful film, Sidewalks of New York grossed $885,000 with a net profit of nearly $200,000.[1]


  1. ^ Sidewalks of New York, Turner Classic Movies

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