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The Docks of New York

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1928
  • Josef von Sternberg
  • 60 mins

Summary

Silent drama starring George Bancroft and Betty Compson. A drunken ship's stoker saves a woman from killing herself and impetuously marries her.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Josef von Sternberg's movie flopped horribly in America, mainly because it was press previewed the same week as the first talkie, The Jazz Singer. A singular case of bad timing. Over the years, though, the picture has been rediscovered as a highly effective melodrama about a ship's stoker who saves a streetwalker from suicide, marries her and then takes the blame when she's accused of murder. The film's romantic fatalism is compelling, and von Sternberg creates some stunning imagery out of his lowlife settings.

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Credits

Cast

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Bill RobertsGeorge Bancroft
SadieBetty Compson
LouOlga Baclanova
"Sugar" SteveClyde Cook
Third engineerMitchell Lewis
"Hymn Book" HarryGustav von Seyffertitz
The CrimpGuy Oliver
Mrs CrimpMay Foster

Crew

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DirectorJosef von Sternberg

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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