The Sidewalks of New York
"The Sidewalks of New York" is a popular song about life in New York City during the 1890s. It was composed in 1894 by vaudeville actor and singer Charles B. Lawlor with lyrics by James W. Blake, it was an immediate and long-lasting hit and is considered a theme for New York City. Many artists, including Mel Tormé, Duke Ellington, Larry Groce, Richard Barone, The Grateful Dead, have performed it. Governor Al Smith of New York used it as a theme song for his failed presidential campaigns of 1920, 1924, 1928; the song is known as "East Side, West Side" from the first words of the chorus. The tune, a slow and deliberate waltz, was devised by Lawlor, he had been singing for a Ladies' Night with a good party. On his walk home, he thought to himself that he sang everyone else's tunes, he should write one of his own, he couldn't think of anything on his long walk home, but during the night the tune and theme came to him - from the walk itself. The next day, he went downtown to John Golden's hat store, where Blake worked, hummed the melody for him.
Blake took a liking to the 3/4 tune, had Lawlor repeat it several times. "You get the music on paper," he told Lawlor, "and I'll write the words for it." Lawlor returned to the store in about twenty minutes with the musical notes written, Blake was halfway through the lyrics, having been interrupted by a customer. He finished the words in another half-hour; the tune and words became familiar and well-known throughout New York City. It was first made famous by Lottie Gilson, it had staying power because the melody was catchy and easy to sing; the words were a shared vision of Lawlor and Blake, recall their childhood neighborhoods and those who grew up with them. It was a universal longing for youth and place, although it was idealized because both Lawlor and Blake had grown up quite poor. Lawlor said that he envisioned a "big husky policeman leaning against a lamppost and twirling his club, an organ grinder playing nearby, the east side kids with dirty faces, shoes unlaced, stockings down, torn clothes, dancing to the music, while from a tenement window an old Irish woman with a checkered cap and one of those old time checkered shawls around her shoulders, looking down and smiling at the children."
The words of the song tell the story of Blake's childhood, including the friends with whom he played as a child, namely Johnny Casey, Jimmy Crowe, Nellie Shannon, Mamie O'Rourke. The song is sung in nostalgic retrospect, as Blake and his childhood friends went their separate ways, some leading to success while others did not; the song became popular right after it was published, Governor Al Smith of New York was credited for its renaissance, having used it as a theme song during his presidential campaigns of 1920, 1924, 1928. During Smith's 1928 campaign, the urban-centric tune proved symbolic of a campaign that failed to find its footing in America's more rural areas, where Herbert Hoover was more popular; until 1996, it was used as the post parade song for the Belmont Stakes, the third race in of horse racing's Triple Crown. The management of the Belmont, trying to appeal to a younger demographic, decided to alter tradition and changed the post parade song to "New York, New York"; as a result, there was speculation that a jinx had fallen over any horse attempting to win the Triple Crown.
Although four horses between 1979 and 1996 had failed to win the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, another eight horses failed after the song was changed, seven as competitors, one, I'll Have Another, scratched the morning of the race because of lameness. It was said that the ghost of Mamie O'Rourke would never let another Triple Crown winner emerge unless and until The Sidewalks of New York was reinstated as the post parade song for The Belmont Stakes; the alleged curse ended when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown with his wire-to-wire win at the Belmont Stakes on June 6, 2015. Max Fleischer and his brother Dave Fleischer made a cartoon The Sidewalks of New York with the song in 1925, using the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process; the Fleischers re-released the song on 5 February 1929 with a new soundtrack in the RCA Photophone system. Both cartoons used the "follow the bouncing ball" gimmick. Although the song achieved cultural success shortly after its release, its two authors had sold its copyright to Howley and Company, earned only $5,000 for their efforts.
Lawlor died penniless in 1925, Blake was destitute when he died in 1935, with their song still selling 5,000 copies annually at the time of Blake's passing. After the deaths of Blake and Lawlor, Sidewalks of New York continued as a standard among jazz artists, namely Mel Tormé and Duke Ellington, recorded by musicians of various backgrounds; the song appeared in a 1954 medley in a version by Don Cornell, Alan Dale, Buddy Greco. Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album On the Sentimental Side, it is a standard among barbershop quartets. The durability of the song was demonstrated once again in 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when recording artist Richard Barone and collaborator Matthew Billy wrote additional lyrics to reflect the fallen towers and honor the victims of the attack. While celebrating the perseverance of the city itself, the revised song was released as a single (The Sidewalks of
East Side/West Side
East Side/West Side is an American drama series starring George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, on, Linden Chiles; the series aired for one season and was shown Monday nights on CBS. Set in New York City, the show explored issues of some of them grim. Though it won critical praise, it generated some controversy. TV Guide ranked it #6 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon"; the series centers on Scott in the role of Neil Brock, a New York City social worker who worked for the private agency Community Welfare Service, with his secretary, Jane Foster, played by actress Cicely Tyson. Episodes of East Side/West Side covered topics relevant to the inner city, with many controversial issues explored. A typical example came in the first two episodes, when Brock investigated a prostitute and her child, followed by a story involving statutory rape. In an effort to open up the number of possible stories, Brock resigned from his job in the latter portion of the 1963–64 season to work for a New York congressman, Charles W. Hanson.
The characters played by Elizabeth Wilson and Cicely Tyson soon disappeared and Barbara Feldon is introduced as Brock's girlfriend for one episode. Despite the high quality of both the writing and acting, the show's penchant for taking on touchy topics forced many potential advertisers to avoid sponsorship of the show, while a number of local stations across the country chose not to present the program to their viewers, it is said that CBS programming head James Aubrey clashed with Scott regarding the direction of the show, a factor in the cancellation. The December 23, 1963 episode, "Creeps Live Here," was scheduled to be broadcast on November 25, but was postponed as CBS wrapped up their four-day coverage of the John F. Kennedy assassination. East Side/West Side ran in the 10 p.m. Monday time slot opposite ABC's medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point and NBC's Sing Along with Mitch starring Mitch Miller; the show's executive producer, David Susskind, began a letter-writing campaign to government officials, newspaper editors and other prominent individuals.
Susskind's request was an attempt to elicit positive feedback to encourage renewal of the series. However, the effort failed when the show was cancelled on January 28. George C. Scott as Neil Brock Linden Chiles as Congressman Charles Hanson John McMartin as Mike Miller Cicely Tyson as Jane Foster Elizabeth Wilson as Frieda Hechlinger In 1964, the series received eight Emmy Award nominations, including one win for Outstanding Directorial Achievement awarded to Tom Gries for the controversial November 4, 1963 episode entitled, "Who Do You Kill?". The episode, which garnered a writing nomination, as well as acting nominations for supporting actors James Earl Jones and Diana Sands, explored the aftermath of a child's death from a rat bite in a Harlem slum. Official website East Side/West Side on IMDb East Side/West Side at TV.com East Side/West Side at epguides.com Information at the Museum of Broadcast Communications website
East Side, West Side (1949 film)
East Side, West Side is a 1949 American melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on a novel by Marcia Davenport and a screenplay by Isobel Lennart, the film was produced by Voldemar Vetluguin, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Just after World War II, socialite Jessie Bourne is home alone one night in her Gramercy Park apartment on New York’s East Side when she receives a mysterious hang-up phone call, her wealthy playboy husband, Brandon, is out enjoying himself at the Del Rio night club. At the night club, young model Rosa Senta admonishes Brandon for going out alone, as Rosa admires Jessie, a customer at the dress salon where Rosa works. Brandon tries to mollify Rosa, but is cut short when Brandon’s former mistress, gold-digging Isabel Lorrison, walks in, she has returned from Paris intent on rekindling her romance with Brandon, but he rebuffs her, professing faithfulness to his wife.
An argument ensues in which Isabel's date, wealthy Alec Dawning, knowing Brandon's reputation, knocks him unconscious. Brandon is rescued by Rosa. Brandon returns home in the wee hours to find Jessie waiting up, he tells her that he was working late, stopped for a drink, was knocked out by a drunk, rescued by Rosa. He explains how Rosa knows her; the next morning, Jessie's friend, Helen Lee, calls on her to remind her of the Lees' party that night for an intelligence officer and ex-NYPD beat cop, Mark Dwyer, returning to the States from post-war service in Italy. Both women have seen the morning newspaper in which the nightclub brawl is front-page news. After much prodding, Jessie confesses to Helen that she is afraid of what will happen to her marriage with Isabel back in town. Jessie says she intends to live her life including going shopping, she decides to go to the dress salon where Rosa works to hear for herself what transpired at the club. Once there, Jessie takes Rosa aside to thank her for rescuing Brandon.
Rosa confirms Brandon's story, a relief to Jessie. As thanks, Jessie offers to take Rosa to LaGuardia Airport to pick up Mark Dwyer, whom Rosa has had a long-standing crush on; as he is leaving his office for Helen's party, Brandon is visited by Isabel, who manages to entice him to her apartment. Jessie goes to the Lees’ party alone when Brandon is a no-show and becomes better acquainted with Mark. Mark explains the crush Rosa has on him and that she would have gotten over it long ago, except that he was overseas. Jessie finds out that Brandon begins to leave the party, they talk, he remains with her until Brandon returns. After Mark leaves, although they argue viciously, Brandon convinces Jessie of his love, they make up, he proposes a trip to Virginia. The next day, while explaining to Rosa that they can't be in a relationship, that he's interested in Jessie, Mark spots Alec with an imposing, frosty blonde on his arm. So, although Isabel is being kept by Alec, he is not faithful to her; as she prepares to go out with Mark for a drive, Jessie is telephoned by Isabel, who asks her for a meeting at her apartment in Greenwich Village on the West Side.
Mark unwittingly drives Jessie there and, while doing so, admits his attraction to her, but he is resigned to her trying to save her marriage. During the showdown at the apartment, Jessie refuses to back down after Isabel gloats that, if she calls, Brandon “will come running.” Mark takes Jessie home. Suspecting she has been duped by her husband, Jessie calls. Brandon answers, telling her that he has summoned the police. Before Jessie and Mark go to the apartment, Mark discovers he had just delivered Jessie there earlier. A friend of Mark's, Lt. Jake Jacobi, is in charge of the crime scene. There, Mark introduces Jessie to Jake, they are admitted to the apartment. While Jake questions Brandon and Jessie, Mark finds a woman's broken fingernail next to the body. After confirming the nail is not Jessie's or Isabel's, mindful of all he has seen since his return, Mark asks Jake to let him do a little detecting. While Jake takes Brandon'downtown' for further questioning, Jessie is allowed to go home. Mark heads to Alec's private party at the Del Rio club.
Using a ruse, he determines that Alec's jealous girlfriend, Felice Backett, the frosty blonde, committed the murder. Mark takes her to the police station and Brandon is released. Brandon returns to Jessie in their high-rise apartment, but she realizes that she no longer loves him and leaves. Brandon ponders. According to MGM records the film earned $1,518,000 in the US and Canada and $1,022,000 overseas resulting in a small profit to the studio of $31,000. 1949 in film List of American films of 1949 List of crime films of the 1940s East Side, West Side at AllMovie East Side, West Side on IMDb East Side, West Side at the TCM Movie Database
East Side, West Side (1927 film)
East Side, West Side is a 1927 American drama film directed by Allan Dwan and starring George O'Brien, Virginia Valli, June Collyer. The supporting cast includes Holmes Herbert; the epic film was shot extensively on various locations in New York City and includes a sinking ship loosely based upon the RMS Titanic. The film is preserved at the Museum of New York; the film was remade in 1931 as Skyline with Hardie Albright. George O'Brien as John Breen Virginia Valli as Becka Lipvitch J. Farrell MacDonald as Pug Malone Dore Davidson as Channon Lipvitch Sonia Nodell as Mrs. Lipvitch June Collyer as Josephine John Miltern as Gerrit Rantoul Holmes Herbert as Gilbert Van Horn Frank Dodge as Judge Kelly Dan Wolheim as Grogan Johnny Dooley as Grogan gang member John Kearney as Policeman Edward Garvey as Second Frank Allworth as Flash William Frederic as Breen Jack La Rue as dining extra East Side, West Side on IMDb synopsis at AllMovie
East Side - West Side
East Side - West Side is a 1923 American silent drama film. Directed by Irving Cummings, the film stars Kenneth Harlan, Eileen Percy, Maxine Elliott Hicks, it was released on June 1, 1923. Kenneth Harlan as Duncan Van Norman Eileen Percy as Lory James Maxine Elliott Hicks as Kit Lamson Lucille Hutton as Eunice Potter Lucille Ward as Mrs. Cornelia Van Norman John Prince as Paget Betty May as Amy Van Norman Charles Hill Mailes as Dr. Ernest Shepley Wally Van as Skiddy Stillman