I Cover The Waterfront

A reporter falls in love with a suspected smuggler's beautiful daughter.
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item number:  ALP 4323D
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  • Based on the Novel by Max Miller
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 27, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Interactive Features:
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User Ratings: 88
Rating: B- -- At the time it was fresh, daring and influential, especially raising eyebrows in the 1930s were the scenes of casual sex. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 20, 2007

Description by OLDIES.com:

Hard-boiled newspaperman Joe Miller (Ben Lyon) is caught between the woman he loves, Julie Kirk (Claudette Colbert) and her father, Eli, a smuggler in 1933's most searing social issue melodrama. Fictionalized from the classic expose by Max Miller, director James Cruze's film is a fluid black and white masterpiece.

One year after making I Cover The Waterfront, Colbert went on to achieve superstardom and won an Oscar for her performance opposite Clark Gable in It Happened One Night. First seen in Waterfront skinny-dipping in the moonlight, Colbert teases Miller to the point of loosing his journalistic ethics in a tale that strikes alarmingly contemporary chords.

Product Description:

Lyon plays a waterfront reporter who suspects a fisherman of smuggling Chinese immigrants into the country on his boat. He starts romancing the fisherman's daughter for the obvious journalistic reasons but you can guess what happens eventually. Even though the story hasn't dated that well, this is a classic that's worth seeing.


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Raw, funny, sentimental . . . Movie Lover: from Cincinnati, OH US -- November, 11, 2004

. . . and so good I sat through it twice! There's so much going on in this film, I almost had to, but it looked even better the second time around.

Ben Lyon is the calloused waterfront reporter who romances Claudette Colbert to get at her fisherman father, Ernest Torrence, whom he suspects of smuggling Chinese immigrants into the country any way he can -- even inside a shark's belly! But along the way, Lyon really falls in love with Colbert, and tries desperately to get his story and his woman at the same time -- and you just know there's going to be a price to pay.

A strong cast and adroit direction from James Cruze overcome a slightly wobbly story, although the dialogue crackles. And this is a good, clean print -- almost up there with Alpha's transfer of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.

This is a great chance to see Claudette Colbert before she shot to stardom the following year in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, CLEOPATRA, and IMITATION OF LIFE. She does not wear much makeup in this role (although her eyebrows have been carefully plucked), and you can see what a natural beauty she was. And no bigger actress could have played the part of Julie as well -- she's saucy and sweet, a combination of emotions she would use to great effect in the years to come.

All in all, a richly entertaining film, one you'll want to watch over and over. I'm certainly going to!

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  • Sales Rank: 35,474
  • UPC: 089218432391
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