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Uptown New York


Patricia Smith (Shirley Grey) is a middle-class New York City gal in love with Max Silver (Leon Waycoff), but Max is forced by his ambitious Jewish family into a marriage to a girl he doesn't love but will further his career in the medical profession, which he does, leaving Pat behind. Later in Coney Island, Pat meets Eddie (Jack Oakie), a bubble gum machine operator. Their relationship starts off on the rocky side, but eventually Pat decides to marry Eddie on the rebound even though she's still thinks of Max.

Uptown New York is a 1932 American film directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Jack Oakie, Shirley Grey, and Leon Ames (actor). It is based on the story by Vina Delmar.

Plot summary

Pat and Max are in love and share an intimate relationship. However, after Max receives his surgeon's diploma, his parents have arranged a marriage for him with a woman from a rich, good background. He marries that woman but occasionally bumps into Pat, explaining how he actually loves her instead of his wife. Pat dislikes the idea of him seeing her on the side. Heartbroken, Pat later meets Eddie (a gumball machine salesman), who proposes marriage, which she accepts. In a hotel bridal suite, Pat mentions her previous relationship to Eddie, and mentions that he can walk out on her if he wants, he is OK with it. Later, While attempting to stop two teenagers from robbing one of Eddie's gumball machine, she runs across the street without looking and is struck by a truck. She is in the hospital awaiting surgery. Eddie, chooses Max as the surgeon and, later while Pat is in her hospital bed, overhears Max's conversation with Pat about their love, and his decision to divorce his wife, he will take Pat to Vienna to get well, and they will get married. Eddie decides to walk out on Pat as he believes that she is going to run off with Max. Through complications (and a fight) over Eddie's attempt to pay Pat's hospital bill by selling his company which he only owns half of (Pat owns the other half), he ends up in jail. Pat runs to the jail and explains the misunderstanding and proclaims her love for Eddie.


  • Jack Oakie as Eddie Doyle
  • Shirley Grey as Patricia Smith
  • Leon Ames (actor) as Max Silver (billed as Leon Waycoff)
  • George Cooper as Al
  • Lee Moran as Hotel Clerk
  • Alexander Carr as Papa Silver
  • Raymond Hatton as Slot Machine King
  • Henry Armetta as Nick, Restaurant Proprietor


TIME reviewe the film and said after summarizing the story that "Uptown New York was written by Vina Delmar with dangerous recklessness as to motivation but with a good eye for local color. The hero and heroine meet each other in a ladies' room—which, as the cinema becomes less pastoral, is growing in popularity as a romantic setting—but thereafter the story manages to keep closer to the kitchen than the bathroom."


Category:1932 films
Category:American films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films made before the MPAA Production Code
Category:1930s romantic drama films
E.W. Hammons

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