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I Cover the Waterfront (1933)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  19 May 1933 (USA)
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An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.

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Complete credited cast:
Ben Lyon ...
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Julie Kirk
Ernest Torrence ...
Eli Kirk (Julie's father)
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
One Punch McCoy
Maurice Black ...
Ortegus (Kirk's First Mate)
Purnell Pratt ...
John Phelps ('Standard editor, Miller's boss)
Harry Beresford ...
Old Chris (salvage man)
Wilfred Lucas ...
Randall (Coast Guard officer)
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Storyline

Reporter Joe Miller is sure that fisherman Eli Kirk smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into the country, but can't obtain enough evidence to satisfy his editor. Chance plays into his hands in the lovely form of Kirk's daughter, Julie, whom he catches swimming in the nude and pumps for information. But she's fiercely loyal to her dad, and may be too attractive for Joe's own good. Racy pre-Code sexual situations. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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19 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la sombra de los muelles  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, when Joe is talking to McCoy, he (Joe) has the third button on his shirt unfastened. He walks out of the shot and continues his conversation. In the next shot, his third button is buttoned, but he then begins to unbutton the shirt as he undresses for bed. See more »

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[first lines]
Joe Miller: [on the phone] Hello, Thelma, this is Miller. No, I don't want the desk. I want to talk to Phelps.
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I COVER THE WATERFRONT
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Surprisingly good for its age
19 February 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie surprised me again and again with its unexpected plot twists. Movies of this era are usually so predictable. It has a giant hideous shark and a scenes with this shark in the water that are genuinely terrifying. I did not expect effects from this era to stand up.

There is a lot of distressing racist dialogue deprecating Chinese people.

Claudette Colbert is like a fireplace. She radiates warmth, friendliness and enthusiasm. She has alarmingly thin eyebrows and overly thick face powder, but you get used to it. If she were in movies today, she could hold her own. She has that indefinable something.

There is also a pretty racy scene when a women in a bar picks up the sea captain. I was shocked at how direct it was about what was going on. This must have blown the socks off the audience back in 1933.


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