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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!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucille Ball's first film. 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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Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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Where They Such Things And They Do Strange Things
5 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In his new 20th Century Pictures Corporation which was at the time releasing its product with United Artists, Darryl F. Zanuck almost had an MGM trifecta for his stars. Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper came from MGM and Clark Gable almost did. But according to the biography of George Raft from James Parrish, Raft wanted very much to do this film and Zanuck accommodated him and got him from Paramount.

It was a wise move on Zanuck's part because Steve Brodie of the Bowery was a part Raft was born to play. And why not since Raft grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York and knew the scene well.

As did Raoul Walsh who was born and raised in Rockaway Beach, New York and also knew the red light areas of the city well. The best thing that The Bowery has going for it was is the incredible detail in terms of creating the atmosphere of the Gay Nineties in one of New York's most colorful areas. In fact so much detail was presented that the film is rarely seen today for all the racial epithets it has. But that would be true of the era. Racial and ethnic stereotyping was the rule of the day. In fact Ragtime is also quite graphic in that, the difference being the point of view that film takes.

What The Bowery has in atmosphere with its sets, dialog with the idioms of the day, and costumes, it loses in accuracy. Set in 1897-98 before the Spanish American War it has the legendary Steve Brodie doing his jump off the Brooklyn Bridge at that time. In point of fact it was in 1886.

Raft as Brodie and Beery as Chuck Connors are a pair of friendly if caustic rivals of The Bowery area in lower Manhattan. The two are forever trying to top each other and that is given as the reason for Raft doing his famous dive off the Brooklyn Bridge and living to tell about it. Actually there is cause in real life to think Brodie never did the deed. And in fact some question is raised in Beery's mind which leads to the climax of The Bowery.

Jackie Cooper's well known antipathy to Beery has been documented, but in the Parrish book on Raft during a fight scene Beery got a little rougher than the script called for. Raft then responded with what is described as a roundhouse right into the family jewels. Beery reacted normally as one does when one is hit there.

If one values political correctness than do not see this film. But otherwise it is an all too accurate a look on a bygone era.


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