The Toast of New York (1937)

Director
Rowland V. Lee

Main cast
Edward Arnold; Cary Grant; Frances Farmer; Jack Oakie; Donald Meek

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
A 19th century con artist rises from medicine shows to Wall Street.


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