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The Bowery

  • Film

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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

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