A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 05, 2021
“50K don’t get you to first base in the Big Apple” (Wall Street film, 1987)

The movie Wall Street (1987) showed a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider, Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas, who won an Academy Award for this role. The plot also involved a young stockbroker, Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) and his father, Carol Fox (played by his real father, Martin Sheen).

Bud Fox asked his father for financial help, leading to this exchange:

CARL: I don’t get it, you get a scholarship to NYU, you get 35,000 the first year, and 50 last year, where the hell is it?
BUD: 50 K don’t get you to first base in the Big Apple, Dad, not any more. I pay 40% in taxes, I got a rent of 15,000, I got school loans, car loans, food, park my car costs me 3 bills a month, I need good suits, that’s $500 a pop, shoes...



Wikipedia: Wall Street (1987 film)
Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud Fox (C. Sheen), a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider.

Stone made the film as a tribute to his father, Lou Stone, a stockbroker during the Great Depression. The character of Gekko is said to be a composite of several people, including Dennis Levine, Ivan Boesky, Carl Icahn, Asher Edelman, Michael Milken, and Stone himself. The character of Sir Lawrence Wildman, meanwhile, was modelled on the prominent British financier and corporate raider Sir James Goldsmith. Originally, the studio wanted Warren Beatty to play Gekko, but he was not interested; Stone, meanwhile, wanted Richard Gere, but Gere passed on the role.

IMSDb (The Internet Movie Script Database)
Daily Script
“WALL STREET”
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY
STANLEY WEISER & OLIVER STONE
(...)
CARL
I don’t get it, you get a
scholarship to NYU, you get 35,000
the first year, and 50 last year,
where the hell is it?

BUD
50 K don’t get you to first base in
the Big Apple, Dad, not any more. I
pay 40% in taxes, I got a rent of
15,000, I got school loans, car
loans, food, park my car costs me 3
bills a month, I need good suits,
that’s $500 a pop, shoes…

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 • Permalink