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The Toast of New York (1937) was a Biographical - Comedy Film directed by Rowland V. Lee and Alexander Hall and produced by Edward Small and Samuel J. Briskin.

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James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: [Preparing to enter a festive room] Are you ready?
Josie Mansfield: I'm frightened to death.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: You're in the circle now. You've got the prettiest feathers in the room. Now spread 'em.


Nick Boyd: How do you spell Vanderbilt?
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: With a "V" and...
[pausing to think]
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: a lot of dollar marks.


Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt: [Yelling at Fisk and Boyd in the disappearing Jersey Ferry] You scoudrels! I'll run you down if I have to crawl in every rotten hole in Jersey1


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The film lost $530,000 at the box office, RKO's biggest failure in 1937.
The Bowery Boys employed by Vanderbilt against Fisk have no relation to the long-running series of the same name but were a real-life Manhattan gang later portrayed in more detail in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York."
Unlike the events in the film, Jim Fisk was shot and killed in a fight over a woman. Josie Mansfield was only one of his romantic interests.
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