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Port of New York

1949

Port of New York is a 1949 film shot in semidocumentary style. The film is notable for being Yul Brynner's first movie. The film tells the story of a customs and treasury agent out to stop the distribution of opium, that came in on a ship in the Port of New York but was smuggled off by drug dealers. The leader of the drug dealers is the suave Vicola (Brynner).


Port of New York is a 1949 film noir directed by László Benedek with cinematography by George E. Diskant and shot in semidocumentary style. The film is notable for being Yul Brynner's first movie. He had not begun shaving his head yet. The film, which is very similar to T-Men (1947), was shot on location in New York City.<>.</>

Plot

The film tells the story of a two federal agents, one from U.S. Customs Service and one from Federal Bureau of Narcotics, out to stop the distribution of opium that came in on a ship in the New York Harbor but was smuggled off by drug dealers. The leader of the drug dealers is the suave Vicola (Brynner).

Cast

  • Scott Brady as Michael 'Mickey' Waters
  • Richard Rober as Jim Flannery
  • K.T. Stevens as Toni Cardell
  • Yul Brynner as Paul Vicola
  • Arthur Blake as Dolly Carney
  • Lynne Carter as Lili Long
  • John Kellogg (actor) as Lenny
  • William Challee as Leo Stasser
  • Neville Brand as Ike, Stasser's Henchman

Reception

=Critical response=

The film critic of The Austin Chronicle generally liked the film, writing, "Semi-documentary police procedurals became quite popular for a while in the late Forties, with lots of location shooting and official-sounding voiceovers. Port of New York follows in the style of The House on 92nd Street and Jules Dassin's The Naked City, with a fair amount of suspense and plenty of violent fisticuffs. George Diskant brought his striking camera work to bear as well; sometimes the 'dark film' is so dark it's hard to even see what's going on. Most notable, however, is Brynner's first film role; he plays Vicola with sleek menace and self-assured evil (and with a full head of hair, too, I might add). Not an outstanding film, Port of New York is well-suited to its subject matter and has been rather neglected for years."



Category:1949 films
Category:1940s crime films
Category:American films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Film noir
Category:Films about the illegal drug trade
Category:Films directed by László Benedek
Category:Films set in New York City
Category:Films shot in New York City
Category:Eagle-Lion Films films
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