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Port of New York (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 November 1949 (USA)
Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.

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Richard Rober ...
K.T. Stevens ...
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Paul Vicola
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Dolly Carney
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Lili Long
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Agents Mickey Waters and John Flannery re-team to investigate the theft of medicinal narcotics from the S.S. Florentine. The vicious gang responsible is headed by the ruthless, but debonair Paul Vicola, who doesn't hesitate to murder anyone who stands in his way. Vicola's girlfriend is garroted when she becomes unreliable, and when go-between nightclub comic Dolly Carney poses a risk, he is thrown from his apartment window. After Waters is shot and killed trying to break into the gang's Brooklyn-based yacht club front, Flannery decides to go undercover and pose as a San Francicco drug dealer. The gang is smoked out and after a furious gun battle, Vicola is apprehended and his gang broken. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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No crime too vicious ... no justice too swift for the Merchants of Death who lurk in its shadows !


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Film debut of Neville Brand. See more »

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Paul Vicola: Tie him up. Mr. Wylie's leaving the boat.
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Spoofs Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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GREAT SHOTS OF OLD NEW YORK
1 February 2004 | by (A Place is Just A Place) – See all my reviews

Servicable B-movie, the kind churned out by the dozens way back when, notable for great shots of old New York, including, in addition to lots of street scenes, fabulous harbor and skyline shots. Nice period piece, clunky cars and baggy suits.

Black and white shows its superiority over color: in most movies color is just there, purely functional, but in order to make black and white work, light itself has to be handled expertly, expressively, decoratively, making a stylistic statement in itself. This one, very noir, with deep shadows, sharp contrasts.

Like "Dragnet," this is gov't men in action, also with corny self-serious voice-over, except here singing the praises of customs agents interdicting drug traffic. You know, guys in suits sitting around offices smoking cigaretters, talking tough, getting organizing to nab some bad guys ... the stiff heroism of gov't bureaucrats ("eternally vigilant, they always get their man").

A startlingly young, skinny Yul Brynner stands out from the otherwise humdrum cast, adumbrating his later success by nailing the part of a murderous cold-blooded lizard, exotically evil.


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