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The Bowery (1933)

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In this rough-and-tumble action comedy, Chuck Connors (Wallace Beery) and Steve Brodie (George Raft) are friendly rivals on New York's Bowery in the 1890s. Connors owns a fancy tavern and looks after a streetwise kid named Swipes McGurk (Jackie Cooper), while Brodie is a daredevil willing to do nearly anything to get the better of Connors. When both men fall in love with Lucy Calhoun (Fay Wray), who has fallen on hard times, Brodie takes her under his wing and helps get her back on her feet. Connors is furious that his rival has won her heart, so he goads Brodie into doing something spectacular to prove his love for her -- jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, for example. Reckless but not stupid, Brodie has no intention of making the jump and plans to use a dummy instead, but when Connors and his henchmen show up to make sure that Brodie doesn't back down, the dare is turned into a wager, and Brodie emerges the new owner of Connors' bar after successfully making the jump. In real life, George Raft and Wallace Beery were not nearly so friendly as their characters: Raft persuaded director Raoul Walsh to hire a number of his underworld cronies as extras, which irritated Beery no end. When the two actors had a fight scene, Beery refused to hold back, and the staged fistfight quickly turned into a for-real battle royale.

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Cast

Wallace Beery
as Chuck Connors
George Raft
as Steve Brodie
Jackie Cooper
as Swipes McGurk
Pert Kelton
as Trixie Odbray
Fay Wray
as Lucy Calhoun
George Walsh
as John L. Sullivan
Oscar Apfel
as Mr. Herman
Fletcher Norton
as Googy Cochran
John Kelly
as Lumpy Hogan
Lillian Harmer
as Carry Nation
Ferdinand Munier
as Honest Mike
Herman Bing
as Mr. Rummel
Esther Muir
as The Tart
John Bleifer
as Mumbo the Mute
Bobby Dunn
as Cockeyed Violinist
Heinie Conklin
as Drunk/Fight Spectator
Irving Bacon
as Hick with Tailors
Kit Guard
as Arsonist/Henchman
Pat Harmon
as Fireman
Frank Mills
as Fireman
John Ince
as Crony
Hal Price
as Editor
James Burke
as Recruiting Sergeant
Jimmy Conlin
as Enlistee
Lucille Ball
as Bit Part
Harvey Parry
as Raft's Double
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Kelsey
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Critic Reviews for The Bowery

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The casual and constant violence, the drunkenness and gambling, the punished, unkempt bodies, and the mercurial swings between gutter and glory make Walsh's raw, raunchy film the authentic "Gangs of New York."

February 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Failed low brow comedy is done in by racism.

January 3, 2012 | Full Review…

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