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East of the River (1940)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 9 November 1940 (USA)
Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), John Fante (story "Mama Ravioli") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garfield ... Joseph Enrico 'Joe' Lorenzo
Brenda Marshall ... Laurie Romayne
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mama Teresa Lorenzo
George Tobias ... Tony Scaduto
William Lundigan ... Nicholas Antonio 'Nick' Lorenzo
Moroni Olsen ... Judge R.D. Davis
Douglas Fowley ... Cy Turner
Jack La Rue ... Frank 'Frisco' Scarfi (as Jack LaRue)
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... 'No Neck' Griswold
Paul Guilfoyle ... Balmy
Russell Hicks ... Warden
Charley Foy ... Customer (as Charles Foy)
Ralph Volkie Ralph Volkie ... Smith, Turner's Henchman
Jimmy O'Gatty Jimmy O'Gatty ... Turner's Henchman
Robert Homans ... Patrolman Shanahan
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Storyline

Troubled youths Joe and Nick Lorenzo grow into very different men: Joe a small-time hoodlum and Nick an honored college graduate. When Nick falls for Joe's girl Laurie, trouble erupts between the two men and also with the gang that has it in for Joe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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New York's "other side of the tracks" (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mama Raviola See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Sunday 29 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Sunday 5 August 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Miami Saturday 22 September 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Boston Tuesday 25 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Phoenix Monday 1 October 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 5 October 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Saturday 13 October 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Spokane Monday 3 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), and in Buffalo Saturday 8 December 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4). See more »

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Marjorie Rambeau's Italian accent is so shaky that, after the graduation ceremony, she tells a well-wisher "Gracias" ("thank you" in Spanish) instead of the Italian "Grazie." See more »

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10 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

East of the River (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Predictable Warner film tells the story of two friends who go different ways in life. One becomes a good guy while the other, played by John Garfield, can't seem to stay out of trouble. We've seen this story countless times so I'm going to guess Warner just used one of their old screenplays to give Garfield something to shine in. We've seen this story in countless gang pictures from the studio so if you've seen at least one of them then this film won't offer you anything new. As usual, Garfield is given a boring screenplay but he makes the film watchable due to his great performance. He's very strong in the film and allows us to feel sorry for him as well.


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