MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,899 this week

East of the River (1940)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  9 November 1940 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 198 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2828 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 646 titles
created 18 Nov 2012
 
a list of 3202 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
list image
a list of 1594 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: East of the River (1940)

East of the River (1940) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of East of the River.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Force of Evil (1948)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky
Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark
Adventure | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mobster Tommy Gordon isn't worried about being sentenced to Sing Sing prison because his political pals have promised him a quick parole. A troublesome prisoner, he finally concedes that ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two producers are putting together a wartime charity show with an all-star cast but the egotism of radio personality Eddie Cantor disrupts their plans.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Humphrey Bogart
Body and Soul (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a... See full summary »

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter
Under My Skin (1950)
Drama | Sport | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On the run from gamblers he double-crossed, expatriate jockey Danny Butler tries to justify his son's faith in him as a winner.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: John Garfield, Micheline Presle, Luther Adler
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Laurie Romayne
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mama Teresa Lorenzo
...
Tony Scaduto
William Lundigan ...
Nicholas Antonio 'Nick' Lorenzo
Moroni Olsen ...
Judge R.D. Davis
...
Cy Turner
Jack La Rue ...
Frank 'Frisco' Scarfi (as Jack LaRue)
Jack Carr ...
'No Neck' Griswold
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Balmy
Russell Hicks ...
Warden
Charley Foy ...
Customer (as Charles Foy)
Ralph Volkie ...
Smith, Turner's Henchman
Jimmy O'Gatty ...
Turner's Henchman
Robert Homans ...
Patrolman Shanahan
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

direction-in-title See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mama Raviola  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl with the Pigtails in Her Hair
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
First tune played at Bernie's
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This Shows No one at His or Her Best
6 December 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Two boys behave badly and are to be sentenced. The Italian mama of one implores the judge to let her take care of her son and he hesitantly agrees. The other one, though, is off to reform school. He has no parents. So mama says she will adopt him; and William Lundigan and John Garfield are raised as if they were brothers, above a restaurant in Little Italy.

This movie begins stylishly, with a tour guide telling about New York. Not too different from what they say 80-some years later than the action is meant to take place. Orchard Street used to be an orchard and yes, Canal Street was once a canal.

And the action is standard Warner Brothrs crime drama issue. Not at all bad. Brenda Marshall, furthermore, is very appealing as a moll who decides to walk the straight and narrow. She was a beautiful woman in a somewhat unusual way and, though not a great actress based on her performances, she could have been coached into one had she been so inclined.

The problem is the casting. OK, John Garfield was not Italian. Neither was Edward G. Robinson, but they both played Italians at times. However, what really shocked me is the direction of the mother character, and her man friend as well, to use thoroughly implausible "he's-a my good- bambino"-type dialect. It's almost as if major characters were in blackface.

I didn't notice who the secondary players in the cast at the beginning and was horrified to see that the marvelous character actress Marjorie Rambeau ("Primrose Path," "Scandal Sheet," among many superb performances) was playing this role.

It was in keeping with the times to a degree but it comes across as offensive today. .


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss East of the River (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?