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Newsies (released as The News Boys in the United Kingdom) is a 1992 American musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega in his film directing debut. It is loosely based on the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899 and features twelve original songs from composers Alan Menken and J.A.C. Redford. It stars Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret. The film was an initial box office flop and received negative reviews at the time of its release, but later gained a cult following on home video. It was later adapted into a successful stage adaptation on Broadway that won two Tony Awards.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
Chiefly U.S. A newspaper seller, a newsboy.
1875 North Alabamian (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) 1 July 3/2 A newsboy..was cruelly beating a dog which had jumped on the train, when its owner suddenly appeared at the car door, knocked ‘newsy’ off and commenced to pay him in his own coin.
1916 C. Sandburg Chicago Poems 42 The newsies are pitching pennies.
1953 S. J. Baker Austral. Speaks iv. 105 Newsie, a paper seller.
17 April 1904, New-York (NY) Tribune, Illustrated Supplement, “Waldorf Room at the Newsboys’ Lodging House,” pg. 6, cols. 3-4:
In order to succeed the newsboy must be a fighter. He must guard the particular piece of sidewalk where he sells his “papers” against all comers. “An dere’s only one way ter do it,” as a Park Row “newsie” expressed it. “You’se got ter scrap fer it.”
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