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East of the River (1940)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 9 November 1940 (USA)
Two troublesome boys grow into very different men, one becoming a hoodlum and the other embracing college but both are in-love with the same girl.


Alfred E. Green


Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), John Fante (story "Mama Ravioli") | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garfield ... Joseph Enrico 'Joe' Lorenzo
Brenda Marshall ... Laurie Romayne
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mama Teresa Lorenzo
George Tobias ... Tony Scaduto
William Lundigan ... Nicholas Antonio 'Nick' Lorenzo
Moroni Olsen ... Judge R.D. Davis
Douglas Fowley ... Cy Turner
Jack La Rue ... Frank 'Frisco' Scarfi (as Jack LaRue)
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... 'No Neck' Griswold
Paul Guilfoyle ... Balmy
Russell Hicks ... Warden
Charley Foy ... Customer (as Charles Foy)
Ralph Volkie Ralph Volkie ... Smith, Turner's Henchman
Jimmy O'Gatty Jimmy O'Gatty ... Turner's Henchman
Robert Homans ... Patrolman Shanahan


Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts between the two men and also with the gang that has it in for Joe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Boy See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Sunday 29 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Sunday 5 August 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Miami Saturday 22 September 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Boston Tuesday 25 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Phoenix Monday 1 October 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 5 October 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Saturday 13 October 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Spokane Monday 3 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), and in Buffalo Saturday 8 December 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4). See more »


Marjorie Rambeau's Italian accent is so shaky that, after the graduation ceremony, she tells a well-wisher "Gracias" ("thank you" in Spanish) instead of the Italian "Grazie." See more »


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John Garfield & Co. do what they can with a mediocre screenplay.
24 December 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

A disappointing screenplay hurt my full enjoyment of seeing John Garfield, one of my favorite actors. He behaves badly most of the time, so I found it hard to accept his rather sudden transformation into a self-sacrificing angel because his mother (Marjorie Rambeau) lectures him. He hadn't listened to her before, so why did he start? Similarly, Brenda Marshall, who we hear at the start was forging signatures on checks, is also transformed after she gets the taste of family life with Rambeau and falls in love with Garfield's adopted brother, William Lundigan. These plot elements didn't ring true. But worse, the final behavior of the revenge-seeking gangsters, led by Douglas Fowley, was too stupid to be believed, although it did create some suspense.

The acting wasn't too bad. I got used to the thick (but understandable) Italian accents of both Rambeau and George Tobias, both of whom were very good. So is the child actor, Joe Conti, who plays Garfield as a boy. The rest of the cast did what they could with the material, but the film must have been very heavily edited. As one who is interested in credits, I noticed that Charley Foy never appeared, and both Robert Homans and Jimmy O'Gatty are barely seen and have non-speaking roles. All three get onscreen credit, while other actors with large speaking parts are uncredited. The three must have had good agents.

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