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This is an ORIGINAL 1937 piece of SHEET MUSIC 6 pages, from R.K.O. Pictures with the info featuring FRANCES FARMER, EDWARD ARNOLD, JACK OAKIE, and CARY GRANT in the 1937 RKO RADIO PICTURES,

The Toast of New York

Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

The story starts just before the Civil War, showing Fisk, Boyd, and Luke conning Southern townsfolk into buying bars of soap that, might, have a $10 gold piece inside. Found out, they're chased out of town and escape across the Mason-Dixon Line just as the war starts. Fisk hatches a plan for him and Boyd to return to the South and buy cotton then smuggle it to the North where Luke is to sell it to the Northern textile mills. By the end of the war they have made millions, only to find out that Luke had been re-investing their money into Confederate Bonds. This fact-based movie shows Jim Fisk as one of the greatest con-men and entrepreneur's in history. It concludes with his involvement in "Black Friday", the Financial Panic of 1869, with fellow financier Jay Gould (who's not represented in the movie) and their attempt to corner the U.S. gold market. There's a love triangle between Fisk, Boyd and Mansfield, which is also based on historical accounts.

Director: Rowland V. Lee

Writers: Dudley Nichols (screenplay), John Twist (screenplay)

Stars: Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer

Cast

Edward Arnold ... Jim Fisk
Cary Grant ... Nick Boyd
Frances Farmer ... Josie Mansfield
Jack Oakie ... Luke
Donald Meek ... Daniel Drew
Thelma Leeds ... Fleurique
Clarence Kolb ... Vanderbilt
Billy Gilbert ... Photographer
George Irving ... Broker
Russell Hicks ... Lawyer
Dudley Clements ... Collins
Lionel Belmore ... President of Board
Robert McClung ... Bellhop
Robert Dudley ... Janitor
Dewey Robinson ... Beef Dooley

Sheet Music features a nice photo image of the four leads! It does have some surface wear for being OVER 70 YEARS OLD!!!

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MORE INFO ON CARY GRANT: Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." His early years in Bristol, England, would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he never saw his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join

's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on , "Good Times," ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. wanted Grant for (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style--"high comedy with polished words." In (1955), he and were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, , wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, (1959) made with since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco.

MORE INFO ON FRANCES FARMER: Born in Seattle, Frances Farmer studied journalism and drama at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1935, after winning a trip to Russia to see the Moscow Art Theater, she went to Hollywood where she secured a seven-year contract with Paramount. By the end of 1936, she was one of Paramount's most talked-about new stars, largely by virtue of her loan-out to Goldwyn for the dual role of mother and daughter in Come and Get It (1936).

Late 1937 saw her achieve her long-held theatrical aspirations when she starred in the Group Theatre Broadway production of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy", a play in which she continued to tour for most of the second half of 1938 after its original Broadway run ended. However, starting in 1939, her erratic behavior and increased drinking started to make her less reliable and sought after. Though she starred in two big budget 1940 films after walking out of a Broadway-bound play by Ernest Hemingway, by 1941 her star had fallen considerably at Paramount and she was consigned mostly to co-starring appearances. Though her late 1941 performance in Fox's Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) was outstanding and critically praised, by 1942 her alcoholism and increasing mental instability led Paramount to cancel her contract.

In October 1942, she was arrested for driving with her headlights on bright in a wartime dim-out zone and was subsequently charged with DUI. When she failed to completely pay her bail, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest in early 1943, almost simultaneously with an assault charge against her being filed by a studio hairdresser. Her arrest on these charges ultimately led to her being placed in a private institution in southern California.

Her mother subsequently obtained guardianship and had Frances committed to Washington's Western State Hospital for the first time for a few months in 1944. Two other commitments followed, one for several months in 1945-46, and the longest from April 1946 to March 1950. Frances was released in 1950 and took a hotel laundry job in Seattle to help support her parents. In 1954, she married Seattle utility worker "Alfred Lobley", but quickly left him and moved secretly to Eureka, California, where she worked anonymously for several years in a photo studio. In 1957, she was discovered by a talent agent who promoted her and was able to revive her career, including appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948) (The Ed Sullivan Show) and "This Is Your Life" (1952), as well as a Paramount film and several live television dramas. In 1958, Frances moved to Indianapolis where she was hired by NBC affiliate WFBM to host an afternoon movie/interview program, "Frances Farmer Presents" (1958), which was rated number 1 in its time slot for the six years of its run. By 1964, her alcoholism had become so acute that WFBM fired her. She spent her final years operating several small businesses, usually with her friend "Jean Ratcliffe", until she died from esophageal cancer in 1970.

Frances' story only became more infamous after her death with the publication of her ghost-written "autobiography" (actually written by Ratcliffe) "Will There Really Be A Morning?" in 1972, and even more-so with the "fictionalized" biography "Shadowland" released in 1978, which was the primary source for the feature film Frances (1982). Though "Shadowland"s author William Arnold admitted in a court case that many of the incidents depicted in his book were fabricated, including the infamous lobotomy, his version of her life went largely unquestioned despite vigorous opposition from many sources, including members of the Farmer family and physicians and nurses at Western State, where Frances was hospitalized. More incisive and critical analysis of his claims has been published within the last several years, debunking most of the more sensational allegations he put forth, most notably the lobotomy. Frances' sister, "Edith Farmer Elliot", self-published what is probably the most complete and authoritative biography of Frances currently available, "Look Back in Love".

Great for fans of classic film!

It is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for the past 40 years!

This item is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for the past 40 years!

TOAST OF NEW YORK Sheet Music FRANCES FARMER Cary Grant
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