I Cover the Waterfront (1933)





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Ben Lyon stars as reporter Joseph Miller, who begins romancing the daughter (Claudette Colbert) of a fisherman (Ernest Torrence) who is suspected of smuggling Chinese immigrants into the U.S.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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United Artists

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Ben Lyon
as H. Joseph 'Joe' Miller
Claudette Colbert
as Julie Kirk
Ernest Torrence
as Eli Kirk
Maurice Black
as Ortegus
Harry Beresford
as Old Chris
Purnell Pratt
as John Phelps
Rosita Marstini
as Mrs. Silva
Claudia Coleman
as Mother Morgan
Wilfred Lucas
as Randall
Lee Phelps
as Reporter
Al Hill
as Sailor
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Critic Reviews for I Cover the Waterfront

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At the time it was fresh, daring and influential, especially raising eyebrows in the 1930s were the scenes of casual sex.

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Audience Reviews for I Cover the Waterfront

In "I Cover the Waterfront," Joe Miller(Ben Lyon) is an aspiring novelist who has gotten bored with his beat on the waterfront, a job which McCoy(Hobart Cavanaugh), his new bunkmate, would kill for. That still does not explain why Miller is reluctant to cover reports of a skinny dipper. His interest perks up when he finds out it is Julie Kirk(Claudette Colbert) who is the daughter of Eli Kirk(Ernest Torrence) who is suspected of running a human smuggling ring. "I Cover the Waterfront" is a prime example of an early social issues drama. While I might not be surprised by the less than enlightened attitudes, I was kind of taken aback by the ignorance of the human cost involved and making the villain more than a little sympathetic in favor of a message against ambition. And I am pretty sure that a reporter has never before or since brought a human body into a newsroom. But then the always delightful Claudette Colbert has excellent chemistry with Ben Lyon and that is enough to spare the movie, however marginally.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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An awkwardly slumming smuggling tale with Claudette Colbert, inspired by the novel, including the melody.

Alex Christensen
Alex Christensen

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