The Docks of New York (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  29 September 1928 (USA)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide.


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Bill Roberts works as a stoker on a coal-red barge. It's dirty, hard work and the men have to put up with a foreman, Andy, who seems to enjoy making their life miserable. When finally off the ship, Bill sees a young woman struggling in the water - apparently trying to commit suicide. He takes her to the Sandbar saloon, the sailors' hangout. The girl is Mae and Bill takes a shine to her but so does Andy. One thing leads to another and Bill asks her to marry him then and there. They don't have a marriage ;licence however and despite Bill promising to get one first thing the morning he decides to leave her behind. When she gets into trouble however, Bill steps in. Written by garykmcd

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Joseph von Sternberg's greatest film!
8 October 1998 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Intense drama that has a story line so strong that after awhile you forget the film is silent. Performances by George Bancroft and Betty Compson are brilliant. Curious that this film is not better known or praised more by critics. A true example of how artistic silent films became right before the advent of sound.

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