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The Docks of New York (1928)

A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide.

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Jules Furthman (story and screenplay), John Monk Saunders (suggested by "The Dock Walloper" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Bancroft ... Bill Roberts
Betty Compson ... Mae
Olga Baclanova ... Mrs. Lou Roberts (as Baclanova)
Clyde Cook ... 'Sugar' Steve
Mitchell Lewis ... Andy, the Third Engineer
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Hymn Book Harry
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Storyline

Bill Roberts works as a stoker on a coal-red barge. It's dirty, hard work and the men have to put up with a foreman, Andy, who seems to enjoy making their life miserable. When finally off the ship, Bill sees a young woman struggling in the water - apparently trying to commit suicide. He takes her to the Sandbar saloon, the sailors' hangout. The girl is Mae and Bill takes a shine to her but so does Andy. One thing leads to another and Bill asks her to marry him then and there. They don't have a marriage ;licence however and despite Bill promising to get one first thing the morning he decides to leave her behind. When she gets into trouble however, Bill steps in. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Docks von New-York See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot completely on Hollywood Sound Stage. See more »

Quotes

Andy, the Third Engineer: I s'pose you've forgot about gettin' married, too.
Bill Roberts: Chief, last night's over. Today's another day!
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Video version includes new score by Gaylord Carter. See more »

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1999) See more »

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Well-Crafted, Well-Acted, Good Atmosphere
18 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

There are quite a few strengths that make this silent melodrama work so well. It has a well-crafted story that moves at a good pace and efficiently uses each minute of screen time. It is very well-acted, especially by George Bancroft and Betty Compson. Compson's performance, in particular, deserves much more praise and recognition than it has received, either at the time or now. Finally, the dockside atmosphere is interesting and convincing, besides being an integral part of the story.

Bancroft has a role that is particularly well-suited to him, and he does a fine job in the part. Compson has a challenging role, since she must make her character attractive yet lonely and miserable, and somewhat disreputable yet completely sympathetic, for the story to work. She gives an excellent performance in every respect, and Bancroft plays off of her character quite well. There are some fine moments in which their characters' rough edges contend with their own gentler and nobler instincts. Thus the unlikely attachment between the two not only works well, but draws you in and makes you care about them quite a bit.

The supporting cast gives good performances as well, with Olga Baclanova especially good in a role that is essential to the story. Mitchell Lewis is suitably brutish as the heavy, and Clyde Cook is quite believable as Bancroft's nervous pal.

Josef von Sternberg also tied together all of these strengths in an efficient and effective package, making every scene count and making you feel as if you were there on the docks with the characters. It's a fine melodrama by any standard, and is well worth seeing for anyone who enjoys silent movies.


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