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I Cover the Waterfront (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 1933 (USA)
An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.

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James Cruze

Writers:

Max Miller (book), Wells Root | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ben Lyon ... H. Joseph 'Joe' Miller
Claudette Colbert ... Julie Kirk
Ernest Torrence ... Eli Kirk
Hobart Cavanaugh ... One Punch McCoy
Maurice Black ... Ortegus
Purnell Pratt ... John Phelps
Harry Beresford ... Old Chris
Wilfred Lucas ... Randall
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Storyline

Reporter Joe Miller is sure that fisherman Eli Kirk smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into the country, but can't obtain enough evidence to satisfy his editor. Chance plays into his hands in the lovely form of Kirk's daughter, Julie, whom he catches swimming in the nude and pumps for information. But she's fiercely loyal to her dad, and may be too attractive for Joe's own good. Racy pre-Code sexual situations. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A la sombra de los muelles See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The composition "I Cover the Waterfront" became a popular jazz standard, in both vocal and instrumental versions, and was performed and recorded by many bands and vocalists from the 1930s through the 1990s. Originally, the book the movie was based on inspired the tune; it was not written for the movie. However, the movie was re-scored just before its release to include the tune as an instrumental. Among those who have recorded the tune are Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Joe is talking to McCoy, he (Joe) has the third button on his shirt unfastened. He walks out of the shot and continues his conversation. In the next shot, his third button is buttoned, but he then begins to unbutton the shirt as he undresses for bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Miller: [on the phone] Hello, Thelma, this is Miller. No, I don't want the desk. I want to talk to Phelps.
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I COVER THE WATERFRONT
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Music by Johnny Green
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Surprisingly good for its age
19 February 2012 | by roedygSee all my reviews

This movie surprised me again and again with its unexpected plot twists. Movies of this era are usually so predictable. It has a giant hideous shark and a scenes with this shark in the water that are genuinely terrifying. I did not expect effects from this era to stand up.

There is a lot of distressing racist dialogue deprecating Chinese people.

Claudette Colbert is like a fireplace. She radiates warmth, friendliness and enthusiasm. She has alarmingly thin eyebrows and overly thick face powder, but you get used to it. If she were in movies today, she could hold her own. She has that indefinable something.

There is also a pretty racy scene when a women in a bar picks up the sea captain. I was shocked at how direct it was about what was going on. This must have blown the socks off the audience back in 1933.


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