The Bowery

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

A cheerfully colourful portrayal of New York City low-life during the 1880s (or Gay Nineties, as a title declares), not long on historical accuracy, despite token appearances by John L Sullivan (Walsh) and Carrie Nation (Harmer), and a reconstruction of Steve Brodie's famous jump off the Brooklyn Bridge for a bet in 1888. Basically, it's a sentimentally rumbustious buddy movie in which gambler Brodie (Raft) and saloon-owner Chuck Connors (Beery) indulge in furious rivalry for the title of 'King of the Bowery', as well as for the affections of pretty Lucy Calhoun (Wray) and a pouting streetwise moppet (Cooper). It's entertaining enough in its raucous way, but marred by a complacently racist attitude to the Chinese community.

By: TM


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Raoul Walsh
Howard Estabrook, James Gleason
Wallace Beery
George Raft
Jackie Cooper
Fay Wray
Pert Kelton
Herman Bing
George Walsh
Esther Muir
Lillian Harmer
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