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The Bowery Details


In this rough-and-tumble action comedy, Chuck Connors (Wallace Beery) and Steve Brodie (George Raft) are friendly rivals on New York's Bowery in the 1890s. Connors owns a fancy tavern and looks after a streetwise kid named Swipes McGurk (Jackie Cooper), while Brodie is a daredevil willing to do nearly anything to get the better of Connors. When both men fall in love with Lucy Calhoun (Fay Wray), who has fallen on hard times, Brodie takes her under his wing and helps get her back on her feet. Connors is furious that his rival has won her heart, so he goads Brodie into doing something spectacular to prove his love for her -- jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, for example. Reckless but not stupid, Brodie has no intention of making the jump and plans to use a dummy instead, but when Connors and his henchmen show up to make sure that Brodie doesn't back down, the dare is turned into a wager, and Brodie emerges the new owner of Connors' bar after successfully making the jump. In real life, George Raft and Wallace Beery were not nearly so friendly as their characters: Raft persuaded director Raoul Walsh to hire a number of his underworld cronies as extras, which irritated Beery no end. When the two actors had a fight scene, Beery refused to hold back, and the staged fistfight quickly turned into a for-real battle royale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 7, 1933


Wallace Beery
as Chuck Connors
George Raft
as Steve Brodie
Jackie Cooper
as Swipes McGurk
Fay Wray
as Lucy Calhoun
Pert Kelton
as Trixie Odbray
Oscar Apfel
as Ivan Rummel
Ferdinand Munier
as Honest Mike
Herman Bing
as Max Herman
Lillian Harmer
as Carrie Nation
Tammany Young
as Himself
John Kelly
as Lumpy Hogan
Harold Huber
as Slick
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Kelsey
Charles Lane
as Doctor
James Burke
as Recruiting Sergeant
Harry Tenbrook
Mack Gray
Lester Dorr
as Cynic
Jimmy Conlin
as Enlistee
Irving Bacon
as Hick with Tailors
Frank Moran
as Bettor
Charles B. Middleton
as Detective
Harry Semels
as Artist
John Bleifer
as Mumbo the Mute
Lucille Ball
as Bit Part
Hal Price
as Editor
Phil Tead
as Tout
Frank Mills
as Fireman
Kit Guard
as Arsonist/Henchman
Pat Harmon
Charles McAvoy
as Waiter
John Ince
as Crony
Andrew Tombes
as Shill
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Drunk/Fight Spectator


Raoul Walsh
Darryl F. Zanuck
James Gleason
Howard Estabrook
Raymond Griffith
Book Author
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Art Director
Raymond Griffith
Associate Producer
William Goetz
Associate Producer