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 ...
19 July 1962 (Hungary)
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Also Known As:
Auf der Bowery
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Opening Weekend USA: $13,236,
19 September 2010, Limited Release
Gross USA: $13,236, 19 September 2010
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Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
Rev. George L. Bolton, Bowery Mission
The Bowery of New York. At least one newspaper man stated that it was the saddest and the maddest street in the world. Maybe that was an understatement. Truly it is a tragic - street.
Referenced in Mr. Hoover and I