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On the Bowery -- The first of Lionel Rogosin's award-winning films, ON THE BOWERY, introduces us to the inhabitants of the Bowery (a small neighborhood in New York City) and to two men in particular, Ray Salyer and Gorman Hendricks. We follow these characters' lives in the bars, flophouses and streets of the infamous Bowery.


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19 July 1962 (Hungary) See more »
At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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Ray Salyer ... Himself
Gorman Hendricks ... Himself
Frank Matthews ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George L. Bolton ... Himself - Minister, Bowery Mission (uncredited)

Directed by
Lionel Rogosin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Bagley  uncredited
Lionel Rogosin  uncredited
Mark Sufrin  uncredited

Produced by
Richard Bagley .... produced in collaboration with
Lionel Rogosin .... producer
Mark Sufrin .... produced in collaboration with
Original Music by
Charles Mills 
Cinematography by
Richard Bagley (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
Music Department
Harold Gomberg .... conductor
Other crew
Newton Avrutis .... technical staff
Darwin Deen .... technical staff
Martin Garcia .... technical staff
Lucy Sabsay .... technical staff
Greg Zilboorg Jr. .... technical staff
Gorman Hendricks .... to
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:65 min
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Referenced in Mr. Hoover and I (1989)See more »


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8 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Can we really call this a documentary?, 2 April 2003
Author: Agent10 from Tucson, AZ

On The Bowery is quite strange to watch, considering the odd feeling one gets when watching this film. Is it unscripted? Is this really what happens? In the end, the film feels like a confabulated lie, one that shouldn't have been identified as a certain extreme. As a piece of fictionalized reality, this film does feel rather decent in its context. Sadly, only history will dictate how this movie is percieved, and even then, it will still be a perception that is not quite correct.

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