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Knickerbocker Holiday (1944)





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This is the film version of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical tribute to the history of New York City. The lavish tale begins in the mid 17th century when the Big Apple was known as New Amsterdam on the day that Peter Stuyvesant arrives from Holland to take over as governor. He is a notoriously stern man and his first edict is to celebrate by hanging someone. The corrupt town fathers nominate the troublesome Brom Broeck for the dubious honor because they are tired of his relentless crusades against them. Unfortunately, they cannot come up with justification for their choice leaving Broeck free to continue writing fiery editorials abut the cruelty of the new governor. When not writing, Broeck woos the lovely Tina Teinhoven while his best friend hangs out with her even more beautiful sister Ulda. Eventually the defiant Broeck's writing lands him in jail and while he languishes there, Stuyvesant begins moving in on Tina. To get Broeck out of the way, he banishes the publisher into the wilds. There Broeck begins organizing a settlers' revolt. Back in the city, Stuyvesant prepares to make himself very rich by jilting his people. Fortunately, it is his enemy Broeck who appeals to Stuyvesant's vanity and convinces him that it is better to be honest and go down in history as a hero. Stuyvesant listens and even helps Tina and Broeck reunite in the upbeat end. "September Song" is the most memorable tune from both the play and the film.


Nelson Eddy
as Brom Broeck
Charles Coburn
as Peter Stuyvesant
Constance Dowling
as Tina Tienhoven
Ernest Cossart
as Tienhoven
Richard Hale
as Tammany
Shelley Winters
as Ulda Tienhoven
Glenn Strange
as Big Muscle
Fritz Feld
as Poffenburgh
Otto Kruger
as Roosevelt
Charles Judels
as Renssaler
Percy Kilbride
as Schermerhorn the Jailer
Chester Conklin
as Town Crier
Dick Baldwin
as 1st Pal
Lang Page
as 2nd Pal
Phil Green
as Sailor
Gerald Oliver Smith
as English Colonist
John Sheehan
as Irish Colonist
Sven Hugo Borg
as Swedish Colonist
Patti Sheldon
as Giggling Girl
Ruth Tobey
as Giggling Girl
Fern Emmett
as Critical Woman
Tony Shaller
as Tumbler
Harold De Garro
as Stilt Walker
Fred Johnson
as Juggler
Louis Manley
as Punch and Judy Show
Casey MacGregor
as Fire Eater
Carmen Amaya
as Gypsy dancer
Irving Bacon
as Peter Van Stoon
George Bunny
as Old Man
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