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East of the River (1940)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 9 November 1940 (USA)
Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Laurie Romayne
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Mama Teresa Lorenzo
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Tony Scaduto
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Nicholas Antonio 'Nick' Lorenzo
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Judge R.D. Davis
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Cy Turner
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Frank 'Frisco' Scarfi (as Jack LaRue)
Jack Carr ...
'No Neck' Griswold
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Balmy
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Warden
Charley Foy ...
Customer (as Charles Foy)
Ralph Volkie ...
Smith, Turner's Henchman
Jimmy O'Gatty ...
Turner's Henchman
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Patrolman Shanahan
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Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts between the two men and also with the gang that has it in for Joe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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New York's "other side of the tracks" (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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9 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Mama Raviola  »

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Trivia

James Cagney turned down the role of Joe Lorenzo. See more »

Connections

Featured in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played when Joe is playing blackjack and gets the letter
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10 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

East of the River (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Predictable Warner film tells the story of two friends who go different ways in life. One becomes a good guy while the other, played by John Garfield, can't seem to stay out of trouble. We've seen this story countless times so I'm going to guess Warner just used one of their old screenplays to give Garfield something to shine in. We've seen this story in countless gang pictures from the studio so if you've seen at least one of them then this film won't offer you anything new. As usual, Garfield is given a boring screenplay but he makes the film watchable due to his great performance. He's very strong in the film and allows us to feel sorry for him as well.


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