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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

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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

Gross USA:

$41,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,802
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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

Gorman Hendricks, Himself: How do you expect to get out there? You haven't got any money.
Ray Salyer, Himself: No. But, if I get cleaned up, maybe I can get a day's work, you know, and then hitch-hike or maybe I'll ship up the line on the railroad and just walk on down the tracks instead of going to work. Ship out in the other direction until I get there.
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Not really a documentary
5 February 2018 | by rogerdobSee all my reviews

The film sells itself as a documentary. It is really a film of re-enactments and scripted moments. I do not deny that they used real "bums" in this film, but they are conscious of the camera and the words that they say seem to follow a specific storyline. The big giveaway that this is not a natural documentary are all the camera angles used...there are several different ways single scenes were shot that signifies a camera setup had to be changed during the filming of the scene. Of course, the biggest distraction were the inserted close-ups of the men...it meant that a camera was shoved right in front of their faces...they had to be quite aware that they were being filmed...and thus, a documentary filmaker would no longer get reality.


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