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On the Bowery (1956)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 19 July 1962 (Hungary)
At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short ... See full summary »

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Lionel Rogosin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Salyer ... Himself
Gorman Hendricks ... Himself
Frank Matthews ... Himself
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Storyline

At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short term employment on a day to day basis, their daily earnings which primarily go into booze. Those that can't or won't work generally sponge off whoever they can, especially for that next drink. New to the neighborhood is Ray, who most recently had been working the rails in New Jersey. He is one of those who can and still does work, but like the others spends what little money he has on booze, which means he usually sleeps on the streets in a drunken stupor. The only person he would probably consider a friend in the neighborhood is the elderly Gorman, who in turn takes advantage of his new friend at whatever opportunity. When he's sober, Ray understands that alcohol is ruining his life, and as such states that he will try to stop drinking. The questions become whether Ray has either the will or the ... Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1962 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf der Bowery See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,236, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,236, 19 September 2010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rogosin Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Third Avenue El, featured prominently in this film, was closed a couple months before filming began, but demolition had not yet began. That is why no trains are seen are heard on it in this picture. See more »

Quotes

Ray Salyer, Himself: I got to have another drink.
Gorman Hendricks, Himself: Yeah, you gotta have flop too.
Ray Salyer, Himself: That's for sure.
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It Ain't Hollywood and Vine
17 March 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A 60-minute semi-documentary (some scripting) of life on New York's notorious Bowery.

Thanks TCM for reviving this slice of exotica for a general audience, and thanks fred3f for the edifying comments. Even now, so many years later, the film is still compelling. The faces, oh my, the faces! They're a road map of life in the raw, so unlike the cosmetics of Hollywood and Vine. So just grab a slab of sidewalk and sleep it off. Or spend the night blustering across a table with other drunks. But whatever you do, always guard your back.

For a Midwestern geezer like me used to the Hollywood product of the 50's, a film like this comes from another planet. To think there was a guy (Rogosin) working hard in the upscale 50's on a look at the subterranean America everyone else ignored is astonishing. What he's left us with is a record of permanent insight. Nevertheless, I'm skipping that next glass of wine, and from now on, I'll be making my bed with loving care.


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