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The Bowery (1933)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 October 1933 (USA)
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"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Steve Brodie
Swipes McGurk
Lucy Calhoun
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Herman Bing ...
Max Herman
Oscar Apfel ...
Ivan Rummel
Ferdinand Munier ...
Honest Mike
George Walsh ...
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Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bowery  »

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$421,496 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Raft and Wallace Beery were at odds during filming. According to Raft, before the fistfight scene, Beery asked Raft to let him throw the first punch and then proceeded to sucker-punch Raft, knocking him out for several minutes. "When I came to I got up and called him everything I could think of," Raft said. They then fought for real, and the crew had to break it up. See more »


The name of George Raft's character, "Steve Brodie," is misspelled "Brody" in the opening credits. See more »


Steve Brodie: Don't ever say I never give ya nothin'.
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Sentimental but skilfully made exercise in period knockabout comedy
10 December 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

George Raft as Steve Brodie, the carefree, dancing gambler who can never refuse a dare, is pitted against the lumbering, sentimental, Chuck Connors (Wallace Beery).A soft touch for every panhandler, Connors impulsively adopts waifs and strays, notably runaway orphan "Swipes" (Jackie Cooper, complete with kittens!) and the homeless Lucy Calhoun, an out-of-town innocent with ambitions to become a writer.

In this male-dominated culture, communication takes place mostly in the form of violence (one sees why THE BOWERY is a Martin Scorsese favorite). Exploding cigars provide a running gag. "Swipes" enjoys throwing rocks through windows in Chinatown, on one occasion setting a laundry alight. (The simultaneous arrival of both Brodie's and Beery's volunteer fire companies leads to a brawl, during which the building burns to the ground.) Beery casually saps a troublesome girl, and thumps anyone who disagrees with him, including Brodie, whom he defeats, in a night-time fist fight on a moored barge, to regain control of his saloon, lost on a bet that Brodie wouldn't have the courage to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. (Brodie does make the leap, but only because a subterfuge with a dummy fails at the last moment.)

As usual, Walsh fills the frame with detail, illustrating with relish the daily life of the tenderloin; singing waiters, bullying barmen, whores from Suicide Hall being hustled into the Black Maria, tailors collaring hapless hicks off the street and forcing them to buy suits they don't want. A minor but admirable little film.

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