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29 September 1928 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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Wonderful, engaging film See more (23 total) »

Cast

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George Bancroft ... Bill Roberts

Betty Compson ... Mae

Olga Baclanova ... His Wife - Lou (as Baclanova)
Clyde Cook ... 'Sugar' Steve
Mitchell Lewis ... Andy, the Third Engineer
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Hymn Book Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Lou's Sweetheart (uncredited)
May Foster ... Mrs. Crimp (uncredited)

George Irving ... Night Court judge (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Sailor Barfly (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Guy Oliver ... The Crimp (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Lillian Worth ... Steve's Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jules Furthman  story and screenplay
Julian Johnson  titles
John Monk Saunders  suggested by "The Dock Walloper"

Produced by
J.G. Bachmann .... associate producer
Josef von Sternberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2010 Composer New Score)
Donald Sosin (Composer)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
 
Film Editing by
Helen Lewis 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
 
Production Management
B.P. Schulberg .... general manager
 
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Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 

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USA:76 min | Argentina:76 min
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Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »
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Lou:Until I got married, I was decent.See more »
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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) (V)See more »

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful, engaging film, 10 June 2002
Author: filmnutz (filmnutz@aol.com) from Los Angeles County, California

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Docks of New York." Betty Compson's portrayal of a disillusioned prostitute is riveting and clearly shows why she appeared in as many silent films as she did. She truly was a great silent star. She is good to look at and I found myself very much caring about what happened to her character. It is no wonder her image appeared on so many postcards and photographs from the 1920s. I think she was a bigger star during the silent era than most people today realize.

George Bancroft swaggers convincingly throughout. His is a strong, no-nonsense presence. Clyde Cook, known mostly for his many silent comedy films, is convincing as Bancroft's apprehensive and harried pal. Mitchell Lewis, as the third engineer who desires Compson, is appropriately menacing. Olga Baclanova, as his estranged wife, is also quite good.

The scenes in the boiler room of the ship well evoke the hazards and hardships of what must have been back-breaking labor.

The tavern scenes are raucous and animated and clearly depict the more tawdry aspects of such places. The juxtaposition of this setting, with its boisterous, cynical patrons and the hopeful act of marriage that takes place there, is masterful.

Favorite scene: On the morning after their "marriage" Compson offers to sew Bancroft's torn shirt pocket before he goes off to sea but can't see to thread the needle through her tears. He threads the needle for her; she then kneels between his legs and sews the pocket. The intimacy of this act, and the emotions it generates in both, is far more powerful than what we imagine took place in their bed the night before.

Great stuff!

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