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The Bowery (1933)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Ferdinand Munier ... Honest Mike
George Walsh ... John L. Sullivan
Lillian Harmer ... Carrie A. Nation
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

"CHUCK" CONNORS MONARCH OF ALL HE SURVEYED AND COULD LICK!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable was sought for the part of Brodie, but was not available. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Steve Brodie: Don't ever say I never give ya nothin'.
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Connections

Referenced in Gangs of New York (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Band Played On
(uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Played when Steve Brodie and Trixie dance
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Good fun
2 August 1999 | by Jamie MoffatSee 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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