Streets of New York (1939 film)

Streets of New York is a 1939 American film directed by William Nigh.

Streets of New York
Film poster
Directed byWilliam Nigh
Produced byScott R. Dunlap (producer)
William T. Lackey (associate producer)
Written byRobert Hardy Andrews
StarringSee below
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byRussell F. Schoengarth
Release date
12 April 1939
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film is also known as The Abe Lincoln of Ninth Avenue, and The Abraham Lincoln of the 4th Avenue.

Plot summary

"Jimmy" (Jackie Cooper) and crippled "Gimpy" (Martin Spellman) run the corner newsstand. Spike (David Durand), a neighbourhood delinquent, doesn’t like it, on his turf, and does everything he can to get them into trouble, and disrupt their circulation.

When they get in trouble, Judge Carroll (George Irving) tries to help them out. He doesn’t want Jimmy going bad, like his big brother, the racqueteer, 'Tap' (Dick Purcell), while Jimmy is trying to go to school and teach himself to be a lawyer, like his hero, Abraham Lincoln.

Jimmy has to choose between the right thing, and family, when his brother comes to him for help.


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