Filme interessante pela ambientação altamente realista ao retratar uma biografia ficcional de um gângster. A história é um tanto fraca, com muitos tropos que eventualmente se tornariam clichês no cinema, mas tem um final excelente. É de boa qualidade e grande valor histórico (além do citado, é um dos primeiros longa-metragens de gângsters e o primeiro filme de Raoul Walsh, que se tornaria influente neste tema).
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.
Great dramatic value and authentic portrayal of the early 20th century urban underworld with a typically tragic oscillation between crime and normality, as the reformed Owen falls prey to old loyalties. Important is also the portrayal of female autonomy in a male-dominated universe. There are some marvellous set-pieces such as the riverboat on fire or Skinny's fatal chase. Strongly recommended.
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.