A surprisingly emotional early film about love and redemption. Solid acting. The mid section can be a bit of a drag at times perhaps, but otherwise the whole is quite engaging. Impressive cinematography, some scenes are amazing - especially considering when the film was made.
I was surprised how much I ended up liking this, considering how linear and pedestrian the story and direction seemed at first. The incredibly charismatic and natural Rockliffe Fellowes along with the beautiful and likewise natural Nilsson of course helped, but I think the on location shooting and real East Side dwellers create a very genuine world without being sappy.
Un étonnant mélodrame social, sans confortable happy end, se terminant par la mort violente de l'héroïne, dont on retiendra surtout la solide interprétation de Rockliffe Fellowes, qui rappelle étrangement la silhouette emblématique de Terry Malloy, alias Marlon Brando, dans le film d'Elia Kazan "Sur les quais"... www.cinefiches.com
Hard to judge without considering that this one came one century before us. With that in mind, it's kinda interesting to watch a redemption storyline being told so long ago. I've read that "Regeneration" was the first movie using the shot/countershot filming and that sort of curiosity was what brought me here in the first place.
Early cinema melodrama from Walsh with an early examination of gangs in New York and a young society woman's efforts to redeem the leader of the pack so to say. Nothing overly memorable but a pretty solid curio overall. Walsh of course would go on to make some of the most memorable gangster films in the thirties and forties. Chalk it up as training ground.