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The Heart of New York (film)

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The Heart of New York
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Written byArthur Caesar
Houston Branch
Based onplay Mendel, Inc.
by David Freedman
StarringJoe Smith
Charlie Dale
George Sidney
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byTerry Morse
Distributed byWarner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corp.
Release date
  • March 26, 1932 (1932-03-26)
Running time
73-74 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$240,000[1]

The Heart of New York is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film starring the vaudeville team of Smith & Dale and George Sidney. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and based on the Broadway play Mendel, Inc. by David Freedman.


The plumber Mendel Marantz, a passionate inventor, hasn't much luck and a family that doesn't understand him. He finally strikes it rich with a dishwashing machine he invented. He finds an investor, Gassenheim, and begins to make his way up in the world. But Mendel's troubles are not over; his family doesn't share his dream to become the landlord of the house where they live on New York's Lower East Side. They prefer to move uptown to Park Avenue and adapt to how rich people live. Mendel's ideas for the house are not forgotten. The men he once told how he wished to transform the building take on the work of renovating it, with every detail he planned. Neighbours and visitors come to see the house and the new, beautiful penthouse. His wife and his children are still in Park Avenue and when Gassenheim stops paying royalties to Mrs. Marantz, she and the children come home, to find that Mendel is close to losing everything.


Box office

According to Warner Bros. records, the film earned $198,000 in the U.S. and $42,000 elsewhere.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 13 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
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