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The Bowery (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 7 October 1933 (USA)
"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

Writers:

Michael L. Simmons (based on the novel by), Bessie Roth Solomon (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Chuck Connors
George Raft ... Steve Brodie
Jackie Cooper ... Swipes McGurk
Fay Wray ... Lucy Calhoun
Pert Kelton ... Trixie Odbray
Herman Bing ... Max Herman
Oscar Apfel ... Ivan Rummel
Ferdinand Munier ... Honest Mike
George Walsh ... John L. Sullivan
Lillian Harmer ... Carrie A. Nation
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Marguerite Caverley Marguerite Caverley
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"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 the globe' ... the cradle of men who were later to be famous." The scene opens in a saloon named "Nigger Joe's" ... Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Romance- with a sock on the jaw! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York, NY)) 9 November 1933) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

George Raft and Wallace Beery were at odds during filming. According to Raft, before the fistfight scene, Beery asked Raft to let him throw the first punch and then proceeded to sucker-punch Raft, knocking him out for several minutes. "When I came to I got up and called him everything I could think of," Raft said. They then fought for real, and the crew had to break it up. See more »

Goofs

The name of George Raft's character, "Steve Brodie," is misspelled "Brody" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Steve Brodie: I got it on him in the wind, the speed and the noodle.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on Fox Movie Channel runs seven seconds over 87 minutes. Apparently it is a reissue copy, the missing five minutes due to reediting to fit post code rules. Though it was made for Twentieth Century Films, a new start up film studio organized by Joe Schenck, Bill Goetz (L.B. Mayer's son-in-law) and ex-Warner Bros. production chief Darryl Zanuck, the FMC version is presented under the post merger logo of Twentieth Century Fox complete with fanfare and an end title crediting distribution to TCF. This year a full uncut version was shown at New York's Film Forum which clocked several minutes over ninety minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)
(uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by Pert Kelton and chorus girls
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Good fun
2 August 1999 | by Jamie-58See all my reviews

Four words account for why this film was made - "She Done Him Wrong". The huge commercial success of that Mae West vehicle convinced the studio brass that Gay '90s melodramas were a viable proposition. Here we are rewarded with a fast moving, well written romp which neatly targets the personalities of its stars.

Wallace Beery and George Raft are excellent as friendly rivals; Jackie Cooper is a little harder to take, but it is Fay Wray who steals the film with her stock-in-trade damsel in distress. With a strong director - as Walsh proves himself to be - Wray could carry a lot of punch, and she is utterly believable as the object of both Raft and Beery's affection.

Lots of atmosphere, beautifully designed, this is a forgotten film worthy of revival.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El arrabal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$421,496 (estimated)
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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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