The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

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Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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King Vidor filmed many scenes in New York City streets using real crowds instead of extras, real buses and trains, and even real traffic cops. In one scene, a police officer is looking toward the camera, admonishing someone to "move along". In fact, he was actually addressing Vidor and his disguised film crew. Vidor cleverly incorporated it into the scene. See more »

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After John sprays himself with milk when opening the bottle, his clothes go from covered with milk to clean from one shot to the next. See more »

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John 'Johnny' Sims: I've brought home the bacon, Mary! Five hundred bucks!
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A great look at life in New York in 1928
15 December 2000 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is easily on the best silent films that I have seen. I got caught up in the story right from the beginning. To a degree, this is a story of the great mass of people that make up "The Crowd." As is pointed out in the beginning, a story of a man who is indispensible to New York (as most think.) He isn't. He thinks he is better than those he works with and is constantly waiting for 'his ship' to come in (which doesn't). In the end he almost loses his wife because of that.

I really enjoyed the scene early in the movie when he and a friend are going to Coney Island with two girls and both stop to watch the girls go up stairs so they can look at their legs. Probably somewhat risque' in 1928.

The film really stands out for the editing. Especially when you remember that this was made in 1928. It is used to also give you excellent views of New York and life in 1928.

I will see this one again and again.


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