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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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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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9 November 1940 (USA)  »

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

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References He Was Her Man (1934) See more »

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The Girl with the Pigtails in Her Hair
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Music by Saul Chaplin
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John Garfield & Co. do what they can with a mediocre screenplay.
24 December 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

A disappointing screenplay hurt my full enjoyment of seeing John Garfield, one of my favorite actors. He behaves badly most of the time, so I found it hard to accept his rather sudden transformation into a self-sacrificing angel because his mother (Marjorie Rambeau) lectures him. He hadn't listened to her before, so why did he start? Similarly, Brenda Marshall, who we hear at the start was forging signatures on checks, is also transformed after she gets the taste of family life with Rambeau and falls in love with Garfield's adopted brother, William Lundigan. These plot elements didn't ring true. But worse, the final behavior of the revenge-seeking gangsters, led by Douglas Fowley, was too stupid to be believed, although it did create some suspense.

The acting wasn't too bad. I got used to the thick (but understandable) Italian accents of both Rambeau and George Tobias, both of whom were very good. So is the child actor, Joe Conti, who plays Garfield as a boy. The rest of the cast did what they could with the material, but the film must have been very heavily edited. As one who is interested in credits, I noticed that Charley Foy never appeared, and both Robert Homans and Jimmy O'Gatty are barely seen and have non-speaking roles. All three get onscreen credit, while other actors with large speaking parts are uncredited. The three must have had good agents.


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