The Docks of New York
B&W : Eight reels / 7202 feet
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Cast: George Bancroft [Bill Roberts, the stoker], Betty Compson [Mae, a girl], Mitchell Lewis [Andy, the third engineer], Baclanova (Olga Baclanova) [Lou, his wife], Clyde Cook [Sugar Steve, Bill’s pal], Gustav von Seyffertitz [‘Hymn-Book’ Harry]; Lillian Worth [Steve’s girl], Guy Oliver [‘The Crimp’], May Foster [Mrs. Crimp]
Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation [A Josef von Sternberg Production]. / Associate producer, J.G. Bachmann (Joseph G. Bachmann). Scenario by Jules Furthman, from a story adaptation by Jules Furthman as suggested by the short story “The Dock Walloper” by John Monk Saunders. Production design by Hans Dreier. Photographed (cinematography) by Harold Rosson. Intertitles by Julian Johnson. Edited by Helen Lewis. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 29 September 1928 by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation [LP2566] Released 29 September 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Parish-Gangster p. 118 incorrectly identifies the film as a gangster genre picture. / Silent film.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F21375.
Survival status: Print exists in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [16mm reduction positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Alcohol: Beer - Anchors - Bars - Bartenders - Bridges - Coal furnaces - Dance - Death: Suicide (Attempted) - Docks - Fog - Hats - Marriages - Musical instruments: Player pianos - Nets - Reflections in water - Rescues - Rope - Ships - Skylines - Smoke - Stokers - Tobacco: Cigarettes, Pipes - Water - Whistles - Workers
Listing updated: 2 July 2012.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F21375; Baer-Film p. 69; Bardèche-History pp. 262, 299-300, 316, 342, 383; Barnard-Argentine pp. 118, 134; Bohn-Light p. 88; Brownlow-Behind p. xx; Brownlow-Parade pp. 191, 193, 198-200, 205; Card-Seductive p. 39; Everson-American pp. 11, 195, 310, 310t, 330, 336; Fell-History p. 121; Kael-Kiss p. 360; Katchmer-Eighty p. 12; Leish-Cinema p. 53; Maltin-Guide p. 329; MoPicAlmanac-1929 p. 11; Parish-Gangster pp. 118, 119, 400; Sarris-Sternberg pp. 8, 16, 19, 21-22, 34; Sato-Currents p. 32; Sinyard-Silent pp. 129, 130; Vermilye-Twenties p. 186 : Website-GEH.
Home video: DVD.