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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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Well-Crafted, Well-Acted, Good Atmosphere 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)

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 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
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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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 »
Quotes:
Bill Roberts:Are you goin' to let me have a good time in my own quiet way - or am I gonna take this place apart?See more »
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Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990)See more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Well-Crafted, Well-Acted, Good Atmosphere, 18 August 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

There are quite a few strengths that make this silent melodrama work so well. It has a well-crafted story that moves at a good pace and efficiently uses each minute of screen time. It is very well-acted, especially by George Bancroft and Betty Compson. Compson's performance, in particular, deserves much more praise and recognition than it has received, either at the time or now. Finally, the dockside atmosphere is interesting and convincing, besides being an integral part of the story.

Bancroft has a role that is particularly well-suited to him, and he does a fine job in the part. Compson has a challenging role, since she must make her character attractive yet lonely and miserable, and somewhat disreputable yet completely sympathetic, for the story to work. She gives an excellent performance in every respect, and Bancroft plays off of her character quite well. There are some fine moments in which their characters' rough edges contend with their own gentler and nobler instincts. Thus the unlikely attachment between the two not only works well, but draws you in and makes you care about them quite a bit.

The supporting cast gives good performances as well, with Olga Baclanova especially good in a role that is essential to the story. Mitchell Lewis is suitably brutish as the heavy, and Clyde Cook is quite believable as Bancroft's nervous pal.

Josef von Sternberg also tied together all of these strengths in an efficient and effective package, making every scene count and making you feel as if you were there on the docks with the characters. It's a fine melodrama by any standard, and is well worth seeing for anyone who enjoys silent movies.

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