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Port of New York (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 November 1949 (USA)
Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.


Laslo Benedek


Eugene Ling (screenplay), Leo Townsend (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Scott Brady ... Michael 'Mickey' Waters
Richard Rober ... Jim Flannery
K.T. Stevens ... Toni Cardell
Yul Brynner ... Paul Vicola
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... Dolly Carney
Lynne Carter Lynne Carter ... Lili Long
John Kellogg ... Lenny
William Challee ... Leo Stasser


Agents Mickey Waters and John Flannery re-team to investigate the theft of medicinal narcotics from the S.S. Florentine. The vicious gang responsible is headed by the ruthless, but debonair Paul Vicola, who doesn't hesitate to murder anyone who stands in his way. Vicola's girlfriend is garroted when she becomes unreliable, and when go-between nightclub comic Dolly Carney poses a risk, he is thrown from his apartment window. After Waters is shot and killed trying to break into the gang's Brooklyn-based yacht club front, Flannery decides to go undercover and pose as a San Francicco drug dealer. The gang is smoked out and after a furious gun battle, Vicola is apprehended and his gang broken. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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No crime too vicious ... no justice too swift for the Merchants of Death who lurk in its shadows !


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Feature film debut of Yul Brynner. See more »


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An Epicene and Deadly Crook
31 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Port of New York finds Scott Brady and Richard Rober, a pair of Treasury agents on the trail of some heroin smugglers in one of the earliest films I know that seriously dealt with that subject. In an early role way before his movie stardom is Yul Brynner as the chief villain of the piece.

This would be a most obscure film if it were not for the fact that it contains Yul Brynner's screen debut. At the time Brynner was 29 years old and working on and off Broadway and it would be another two years before his breakthrough part in Rodgers&Hammerstein's The King and I.

For those who are used to the hyper-masculine Brynner in such films as The King and I, Taras Bulba, and The Ten Commandments, Port of New York is a radical departure from casting. Brynner plays it fey in this one, he's a most epicene, but very deadly crook. I have to say that when he came to Hollywood for good seven years later he never played a part like the one he has in Port of New York ever again in his career.

Brady and Rober make a pair of stalwart government agents and K.T. Stevens is just fine as Brynner's luckless girlfriend. Best performance in the film is that of Arthur Blake who plays a nightclub comedian and another luckless individual who gets in way over his head in the rackets. Blake's performance is similar to the role Zero Mostel had in The Enforcer the following year.

Port of New York was shot in New York and it contains shots of things long gone like an elevated train station at Canal Street. That familiar voice you hear narrating is that Chet Huntley before he teamed with David Brinkley to become NBC's nightly news anchors and rating's leaders in that field for years. You'll also see Neville Brand in a small role as one of Brynner's henchmen.

Port of New York is not a great noir film, but entertaining enough and nothing the cast or crew have anything to be embarrassed about.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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