The Docks of New York
|The Docks of New York|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Josef von Sternberg|
|Written by||Jules Furthman|
|Based on||The Dock Walloper
by John Monk Saunders
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||76 min|
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.
The story involves an incredibly strong ship stoker named Bill (Bancroft) and the beautiful prostitute Mae (Compson), whom he saves 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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- The Docks of New York at the Internet Movie Database
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- The Docks of New York at Virtual History
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