Port of New York (film)
|Port of New York|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||László Benedek|
|Produced by||Aubrey Schenck|
|Screenplay by||Eugene Ling|
|Story by||Arthur A. Ross
|Narrated by||Chet Huntley|
|Music by||Sol Kaplan|
|Cinematography||George E. Diskant|
|Editing by||Norman Colbert|
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Films|
|Running time||82 minutes|
Port of New York is a 1949 film noir directed by László Benedek with cinematography by George E. Diskant and shot in semidocumentary style. The film is notable for being Yul Brynner's first movie. He had not begun shaving his hair yet. The film, which is very similar to T-Men (1947), was shot on location in New York City.
The film tells the story of a two federal agents, one from Customs and one from Narcotics, out to stop the distribution of opium that came in on a ship in the Port of New York but was smuggled off by drug dealers. The leader of the drug dealers is the suave Vicola (Brynner).
- Scott Brady as Michael 'Mickey' Waters
- Richard Rober as Jim Flannery
- K.T. Stevens as Toni Cardell
- Yul Brynner as Paul Vicola
- Arthur Blake as Dolly Carney
- Lynne Carter as Lili Long
- John Kellogg as Lenny
- William Challee as Leo Stasser
- Neville Brand as Ike, Stasser's Henchman
The film critic of The Austin Chronicle generally liked the film, writing, "Semi-documentary police procedurals became quite popular for a while in the late Forties, with lots of location shooting and official-sounding voiceovers. Port of New York follows in the style of The House on 92nd Street and Jules Dassin's The Naked City, with a fair amount of suspense and plenty of violent fisticuffs. George Diskant brought his striking camera work to bear as well; sometimes the 'dark film' is so dark it's hard to even see what's going on. Most notable, however, is Brynner's first film role; he plays Vicola with sleek menace and self-assured evil (and with a full head of hair, too, I might add). Not an outstanding film, Port of New York is well-suited to its subject matter and has been rather neglected for years."
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "An unknown Yul Brynner, with all his hair, in his first film role, plays a well-spoken, smug narcotics smuggler named Paul Vicola. It's directed by Lazslo Benedek (The Wild One/The Night Visitor/Death of a Salesman) in a voice-over documentary style ... It generates an authentic sinister atmosphere, having been filmed on location in New York. The police investigation procedural drama plays as minor film noir, that follows along the usual routine lines for such Eagle-Lion cheapie crime stories ... Not much to get excited about, but it does feature an early acting part by Yul Brynner as a ruthless gangster."
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- Port of New York at the Internet Movie Database
- Port of New York at allmovie
- Port of New York at the TCM Movie Database
- Port of New York is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Port of New York informational site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- Port of New York complete film at YouTube