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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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The Best of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
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Berlin Fest, MoMA Plan Retro Focused on Use of Light in Film
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Compson and Baclanova shine in simple tale of love. 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 
 
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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Mae:I've had to many good times.See more »
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Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Compson and Baclanova shine in simple tale of love., 27 March 2002

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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