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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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The ship on which Bill Roberts is a stoker has just put into port, giving the crew one night ashore. The ship's bad-tempered third engineer orders the stokers to clean up, while the engineer heads for a dockside bar, where he has a confrontation with the wife he had abandoned. Then, as Bill himself goes ashore, he sees a young woman attempt to drown herself. Bill dives in, saves her, and then, assisted by the engineer's wife, sees that she is cared for. Bill and the rescued woman begin to enjoy one another's company, but they must contend with the malice of the engineer, as well as a number of other complications. Written by Snow Leopard

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29 September 1928 (USA)  »

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Donald Sosin composed his score in 2008 for the Ritorato Festival in Bologna with vocals composed and sung by Joanns Seaton. The 2010 score by Robert Israel includes such vintage songs as "East Side, West Side," "Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage," "Bicycle Built for Two," "Strawberry Blonde, and "After the Ball Is Over". See more »

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Mae: I've had to many good times.
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Compson and Baclanova shine in simple tale of love.

The entire film takes place in less than 24 hours as a stoker's one night of leave leads to saving a woman from suicide, marrying her on a dare, and falling in love with her. Betty Compson is a revelation - absolutely gorgeous in the Carole Lombard school of beauty and an accomplished silent actress - extremely subtle with no exaggerated movements or expressions. She is ably supported by Olga Baclanova as an unhappily married woman whose husband puts the make on Compson. Both performances are worthy of Oscar noms, as is the superb cinematography. Von Sternberg has lavished a great deal of talent on a very flimsy story and George Bancroft is such a talentless lump that he almost upsets the delicate balance (even Wallace Beery would have been a better choice than Bancroft). This is a film for atmosphere and in terms of pure cinematic artistry it is one of the silent era's last swan songs. Do see it for Compson if for nothing else. (Paramount Video's print is in perfect condition.)


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