Title ID 3522Collection ID45
Title[Trip to New York]
CollectionJoseph Horowitz
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionTravel
ThemeTravel Case Study Jewish Stories
KeywordsBoats Buildings Entertainment Ethnic Groups Harbours Leisure Time Activities Ships Sport Tourism Transport Urban Areas
LocalSouthampton New York Harlem
NationalEngland United Kingdom United States North and Central America
ProductionJoseph Horowitz
CameraJoseph Horowitz
ParticipantsJoseph Horowitz
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration17 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Colour footage depicts a trip to New York, with views of Times Square at night, Harlem, a baseball game at the Yankee stadium and Wall Street. The transatlantic journey from Southampton to New York, on board the Cunard ocean liner Queen Mary, is also documented in black and white footage.


The introductory title describes "exploring Harlem en route to World Series Baseball Game at Yankee stadium". Colour footage shows a busy Harlem street before Mr Horowitz and a friend are seen at a baseball game.

Neon billboards light up Times Square at night, before a shot of 'Roth's Grill'.

Horowitz is then filmed "going down Wall Street to his broker's office", in the words of another title, before shots of "the Stock Exchange from J.P. Morgan's office".

These are followed by footage of the trip home on the Queen Mary, as Horowitz waves goodbye from the deck as the ship leaves.

In other, black and white, footage from this trip, shots filmed on the deck of the Queen Mary, of a group of friends, are followed by scenes of the busy Southampton docks. Crowds wave goodbye from dockside. Planes are filmed passing close above the ship.

Scenes follow of ships in New York harbour, including a US Mail boat, before the Statue of Liberty is spotted in the distance. The busy bay and the Manhattan skyline is recorded.

A couple make a toast to the camera before a shot of a skyscraper. The couple are seen again, as the woman offers buttonhole flowers to the men of the group, who pay her a dollar.

The Queen Mary is filmed again from the port in New York, as people wait to board. On board the ship, a group of men pose for the camera. The ship pulls away and its passengers wave goodbye to the crowds filling the balcony of the Cunard White Star building. The Manhattan skyline is visible in the background as the ship leaves New York. There are shots inside the parcel sorting office on board, before a final look back across a busy bay to New York.

Later on, people pose for the camera on the deck of a ship before it comes back in to port in Southampton. The film ends with shots of the docks.


A still from 'Trip to New York' (1937)A still from 'Trip to New York' (1937)

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