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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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The Best of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
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Another great silent from 1928 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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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 Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) (V)See more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Another great silent from 1928, 11 August 2004
Author: Randy Byers from Seattle

One of the fascinating things about the movie to me was that, before he fetishized Dietrich, Sternberg's erotic sensibility seems broader. The opening scene of the men in the boiler room of a ship, wiping oil and coal dust from their gleaming skin, is one of the few times that he dwells on the male body that I can recall. And George Bancroft's swaggering, boisterous Bill is the most virile male I've seen in any of Sternberg's movies -- other than Bancroft as Bull Weed in UNDERWORLD from the year before. Of course, once Betty Compson splashes into the story, the camera loves her world-weary, wry beauty, and Sternberg constantly reminds us that she's naked under her clothing. As in his later, sound films, the settings are also sensual and full of complicated textures, reflections, and depth, with some great dockside shots in a foggy night.

The story itself is a fairly simple, but it has a warmth and genuine (or even sentimental) sympathy for love that is perhaps lost in the power struggles of Sternberg's Dietrich films. All four major characters are strongly drawn, rough-hewn, and well-played. Along with Bancroft and Compson, Olga Baclanova (of FREAKS fame) is also especially good as a sailor's bitter, abandoned wife. The dialogue in the intertitles is full of hard-boiled gems, as when the wedding ceremony is rendered, "If any of you eggs know why these heels shouldn't get hitched, speak now or forever after hold your trap!"

Kevin Brownlow says in THE PARADE'S GONE BY that THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK is Sternberg's finest film, and it may be so. I love the Dietrich films, and the bizarre SHANGHAI GESTURE, but DOCKS stands out for the sweet grittiness.

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