Yul Brynner electrifies the screen in his first starring role as ruthless and silky suave gentleman gangster Paul Vicola. Vicola runs a Yacht Club as a front for the east coast's largest heroin smuggling ring. Treasury Agents discover Vicola's mobsters brazenly sneaking the contraband in through America's front door, New York harbor, and plot a dragnet to bring down his criminal empire.
Featuring K.T. Stevens as the pretty girl caught in Vicola's clutches and sweaty William Challee as an impish nightclub impresario who squeals on the wrong man, Port of New York is a tough and visceral crime film strikingly captured in cinematographer George E. Diskant's stark "noir" camerawork.
Yul Brynner (with a full head of hair) made his feature film debut as the villain in PORT OF NEW YORK. Brynner stars as a vicious drug kingpin who specializes in outsmarting the police. But after the body count connected to his operation starts to mount, the police double their efforts to end his smuggling scheme, risking one of their own in a treacherous undercover operation. PORT OF NEW YORK is an overlooked police procedural made a couple of years after the more well-known T-MEN, and both stand as forerunners to television programs like DRAGNET. The film features the high contrast black and white photography common to crime and police films of the period (the genre aesthetic later dubbed "film noir") as well as some remarkable location shooting featuring an extraordinary look at 1940s New York.
This gritty urban drama focuses on two agents out to bust a narcotics gang. The criminals succeed in smuggling drugs into the country thanks to corrupt agents whom they later murder. At first, the detective can find nothing on these murderous creeps. Eventually, however, the agents succeed in finding the criminals, and in infiltrating their ranks. Will the feds bring the mobsters to justice' Or will the smugglers discover the agents' true identities first'
Old New York and Yul with Hair
Movie Lover: John Walter from
Middle Village, NY US -- May, 31, 2009
Definetly a cut above many films of its type. For a native New Yorker, seeing the city of 60 years ago (3rd Avenue el included) is quite a treat. And even more so is seeing 29 year old Yul Brenner in his first film, complete with an (almost) full head of hair. Fun to watch!
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