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The Bowery (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 7 October 1933 (USA)
"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Michael L. Simmons (based on the novel by), Bessie Roth Solomon (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Chuck Connors
George Raft ... Steve Brodie
Jackie Cooper ... Swipes McGurk
Fay Wray ... Lucy Calhoun
Pert Kelton ... Trixie Odbray
Herman Bing ... Max Herman
Oscar Apfel ... Ivan Rummel
Ferdinand Munier ... Honest Mike
George Walsh ... John L. Sullivan
Lillian Harmer ... Carrie A. Nation
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Storyline

"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of the globe' ... the cradle of men who were later to be famous." The scene opens in a saloon named "Nigger Joe's" ... Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Taglines:

Romance- with a sock on the jaw! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York, NY)) 9 November 1933) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El arrabal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$421,496 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Raft and Wallace Beery were at odds during filming. According to Raft, before the fistfight scene, Beery asked Raft to let him throw the first punch and then proceeded to sucker-punch Raft, knocking him out for several minutes. "When I came to I got up and called him everything I could think of," Raft said. They then fought for real, and the crew had to break it up. See more »

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The name of George Raft's character, "Steve Brodie," is misspelled "Brody" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Calhoun: I believe if Chuck knew I was in love with you, he'd kill us both.
Steve Brodie: Yeah? What do you think I'd be doin'?
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The version shown on Fox Movie Channel runs seven seconds over 87 minutes. Apparently it is a reissue copy, the missing five minutes due to reediting to fit post code rules. Though it was made for Twentieth Century Films, a new start up film studio organized by Joe Schenck, Bill Goetz (L.B. Mayer's son-in-law) and ex-Warner Bros. production chief Darryl Zanuck, the FMC version is presented under the post merger logo of Twentieth Century Fox complete with fanfare and an end title crediting distribution to TCF. This year a full uncut version was shown at New York's Film Forum which clocked several minutes over ninety minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Gangs of New York (2002) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by those in the boat
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Boisterous fun in old New York.
5 June 2004 | by zippgunSee all my reviews

A favourite of mine,this movie tells of two feuding New York "characters", Steve Brodie(Raft) and "Chuck" Connors(Beery),who both strive to be the "Main Guy" in the Bowery in the late Nineteenth Century.

Brodie(1863-1901) and Connors(1852-1913),were real people,though this is a heavily fictionalized account of their antics(based on a play).Brodie's legendary(did he do it?- it's still a cause of argument!),jump from the Brooklyn bridge(1886),for which he became famous,is shown here as happening around the same time as the Spanish-American war(1898).Director Walsh clearly had a great affection for the period,so beautifully recreated here,and it includes a wild rumbustious ragtime number from saloon singer Trixie Odbray(a young Pert Kelton).Raft is at his slickest as Brodie,and Beery shows again what a clever actor he was,as tough, big hearted, and at times quite touching Connors.Pretty Fay Wray is the love interest both the boys are pursuing.

Full of life and energy,"The Bowery" moves at a fast pace(unlike many early "talkies").It is not an easy movie to find,but is well worth looking out for.


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