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The Docks of New York

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Genre  Crime, Drama, Romance
7.7/10 IMDb

Director  Josef von Sternberg
Story by  John Monk Saunders
Country  United States
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Language  Silent film English intertitles
Release date  September 16, 1928 (1928-09-16)
Based on  The Dock Walloper  by John Monk Saunders
Writer  Jules Furthman (story), Julian Johnson (titles), John Monk Saunders (suggested by "The Dock Walloper")
Screenplay  Jules Furthman, Julian Johnson
Cast  George Bancroft (Bill Roberts), Betty Compson (Mae), Olga Baclanova (Lou), Clyde Cook ('Sugar' Steve), Mitchell Lewis (Andy), Guy Oliver (The Crimp)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, The Last Witch Hunter, The Shawshank Redemption, The Maze Runner, Blackhat

The docks of new york josef von sternberg 1928

The Docks of New York (1928) is a silent drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Olga Baclanova. The movie was adapted by Jules Furthman from the John Monk Saunders story The Dock Walloper.


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An incredibly strong ship stoker named Bill (George Bancroft) saves a beautiful prostitute named Mae (Betty Compson) from drowning during his one night of shore leave. She was attempting suicide as she had no money, almost no clothes and felt remorse about her life up to then. He steals some clothes for her and invites her out for a "good night". They go to a bustling wharf pub and that evening they spontaneously get married by a minister invited to the pub.

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The next morning Bill must go back to sea. Mae is disappointed, but he says he was "just having a good time". He also says he couldn't be serious about staying with her and fulfilling his marriage vows because his job keeps him at sea.

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Bill's ship sets out, but before it leaves the city harbor, events help him to decide...he must not leave her. Swimming ashore, he goes to the tavern and asks "Where is my Wife?". One patron directs him to the local Night Court. She had been accused of stealing the clothes that he had actually stolen for her. The judge sentences her to 30 days in jail, then Bill speaks up and says that he had stolen the clothes. The irritated judge gives him 60 days for theft. Bill says he will do the time for her; as he is led away, she pledges to "wait forever" for him.


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  • George Bancroft – Bill Roberts
  • Betty Compson – Mae
  • Olga Baclanova – Lou (Andy's wife)
  • Clyde Cook – "Sugar" Steve (Bill's buddy)
  • Mitchell Lewis – Andy (the third engineer)
  • Gustav von Seyffertitz – "Hymn Book" Harry
  • Uncredited

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  • Richard Alexander – Lou's Sweetheart
  • May Foster – Mrs. Crimp
  • George Irving – Night Court Judge
  • John Kelly – Sailor Barfly
  • Charles McMurphy – Policeman
  • Guy Oliver – The Crimp
  • Bob Reeves – Court Bailiff
  • Lillian Worth – Steve's Girl
  • Reception

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    The New York Times gave The Docks of New York a positive review, however, they noted some minor goofs and a preposterous ending.


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    In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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