The Pride of New York

The Pride of New York is a lost[1] 1917 American silent war drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring his brother George Walsh. It was produced by and distributed through the Fox Film Corporation.[2]

The Pride of New York
Film poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byRaoul Walsh (scenario)
Based ona story for the screen by Ralph Spence
CinematographyDal Clawson
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
December 9, 1917
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Jim Kelly (Walsh), a resident of New York City's Ninth Ward and a bricklayer, is one of the men selected in the first draft for World War I. He goes forth eagerly and his ability and daring soon win him a high rank in the army. Harold Whitley (Bailey), a wealthy idler and tango king, trains for a captaincy and wins it. His unfitness for such a position is soon discovered and he is reduced in rank. Jim's regiment goes to Europe and with the downing of six German airplanes and several minor victories to his credit he becomes the "Pride of New York." Pat, a young woman of New York's millionaire class, has gone to Europe to become a nurse. She meets Jim and becomes interested in him because of his bravery and patriotism. When Jim rescues her from the clutches of a German prince, she is grateful and naturally they fall in love.



Like many American films of the time, The Pride of New York was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required cuts of the two intertitles "A very small percentage of these young men enlisted because of a desire for comfort rather than patriotism" and "Kill the men and help yourself to the women", closeup of German officer striking man's wounded foot, first two struggle scenes between German officer and nurse in living room, German officer unfastening sword and belt, attempting to unfasten coat, taking coat off, all struggle scenes between German officer and nurse in room where bed is shown including taking nurse to room and excluding other young woman, and the struggle between German officer and young woman on couch.[4]

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