Little Old New York

Sidney Olcott

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A delightful emigrant comedy about a young Irish girl who comes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Marion Davies shines as Patricia O’Day masquerading impishly as a boy and cleverly negotiating the world of high finance, steam ships and bare-knuckle boxing while falling in love with her cousin Larry Delavan (Harrison Ford). Directed by Sidney Olcott (formerly of Kalem Films 1910 – 1915), who was no stranger to Irish emigrant drama, and lavishly produced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (with whom Davies was romantically involved) the film was a huge box office success.

The film was acquired from the Library of Congress in Washington with the support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Silent with inter-titles

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