MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,305 this week

On the Bowery (1956)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 443 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 24 critic

The Bowery is a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short term employment on a day to... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 24 Mar 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 28 Feb 2013
 
a list of 176 titles
created 01 May 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "On the Bowery" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: On the Bowery (1956)

On the Bowery (1956) on IMDb 7.5/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of On the Bowery.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Black Roots (1970)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rogosin took the fight for equality to his homeland with his astonishing and powerful fourth feature Black Roots. The film, which is ripe for rediscovery, featured an extraordinary cast, ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Rogosin
Stars: Jim Collier, Gary Davis, Larry Johnson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director: Michael Roemer
Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne, house boy, would be cabaret performer, and self proclaimed hustler giving one man's gin-soaked pill-popped, view of what it was like to be ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young filmmaker decides to make a movie of his life.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: L.M. Kit Carson, Eileen Dietz, Louise Levine
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.

Director: Lionel Rogosin
Stars: Zacharia Mgabi, Vinah Bendile, Miriam Makeba
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Director: Allen Baron
Stars: Molly McCarthy, Allen Baron, Larry Tucker
Out (1957)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Lionel Rogosin
The Bowery (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper
Black Fantasy (1972)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The documentary looks at interracial marriage between black men and white women and the problems and issues associated with it. Featured are black civil-rights worker James Collier and his wife, a white woman.

Director: Lionel Rogosin
Stars: Jim Collier, Ellie Fiscalini, Elena Hall
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This documentary explores the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, its priceless treasures and how humanity remembers itself.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Jacques Dumesnil
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A night at the Wood Green Jazz Club - an example of 'Free Cinema'

Directors: Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson
Stars: Chris Barber, Ron Bowden, Jim Bray
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Himself
Gorman Hendricks ...
Himself
Frank Matthews ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The Bowery is a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short term employment on a day to day basis, their daily earnings which primarily go into booze. Those that can't or won't work generally sponge off whoever they can, especially for that next drink. New to the neighborhood is Ray, who most recently had been working the rails in New Jersey. He is one of those who can and still does work, but like the others spends what little money he has on booze, which means he usually sleeps on the streets in a drunken stupor. The only person he would probably consider a friend in the neighborhood is the elderly Gorman, who in turn takes advantage of his new friend at whatever opportunity. When he's sober, Ray understands that alcohol is ruining his life, and as such states that he will try to stop drinking. The questions become whether Ray has either the will or the support necessary to fulfill ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 July 1962 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Az iszákosok utcája  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,236 (USA) (17 September 2010)

Gross:

$13,236 (USA) (17 September 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Project X (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It Ain't Hollywood and Vine
17 March 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A 60-minute semi-documentary (some scripting) of life on New York's notorious Bowery.

Thanks TCM for reviving this slice of exotica for a general audience, and thanks fred3f for the edifying comments. Even now, so many years later, the film is still compelling. The faces, oh my, the faces! They're a road map of life in the raw, so unlike the cosmetics of Hollywood and Vine. So just grab a slab of sidewalk and sleep it off. Or spend the night blustering across a table with other drunks. But whatever you do, always guard your back.

For a Midwestern geezer like me used to the Hollywood product of the 50's, a film like this comes from another planet. To think there was a guy (Rogosin) working hard in the upscale 50's on a look at the subterranean America everyone else ignored is astonishing. What he's left us with is a record of permanent insight. Nevertheless, I'm skipping that next glass of wine, and from now on, I'll be making my bed with loving care.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TCM just played this elliotjames2
Where can I watch these wonderful films? alweiss
DVD? xoxox
A documentary?? safado
Discuss On the Bowery (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page