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Port of New York

3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Two tough-talking cops infiltrate a gang of New York drug smugglers.

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  • Actors: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens, Yul Brynner, Arthur Blake
  • Directors: Laslo Benedek
  • Writers: Arthur A. Ross, Bert Murray, Eugene Ling, Leo Townsend
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck, James T. Vaughn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IUDVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Port of New York" on IMDb

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By Steven Hellerstedt on December 24, 2004
Format: DVD
PORT OF NEW YORK is one of those low budget, Poverty Row productions that boasts a vibrant, quasi-documentary feel. Whether because of technical innovations (smaller, lighter cameras) or greater expertise (maybe the great World War II documentaries convinced film photographers to leave the studios now and then), the late forties saw a great number of films shot on gritty, big city streets. Films opened up and breathed, and the better stories acquired an urgent reality.

PONY is not one of the better stories. Eagle-Lion was one of the poorest of the poor studios, and greatest would be a little too much to expect. Moving from expensive studio sets to real, and free, locations must have been welcome indeed.

Most of these movies used a "from the files of (government agency)" approach. Here it's the Customs Department, vigilant guardians of our shores. Add a voice over narration, some stock shots of real custom agents cutting into real false heels (rascally smugglers!), and a pair of heroes almost as exciting as Dragnet's Joe Friday and you got yourself the makings of a movie. Add a case pulled from the files of, an interesting Bad Guy and you're booked.

The case, in this case, is that of the Florentine, a luxury liner that, we learn, is transporting a load of Bad Drugs to the ports of New York. The drugs, a hundred pounds or so of raw opium, is smuggled into New York and our customs agents at work are soon on the job. The top agent is PONY star Scott Brady, a decent enough actor who is asked to do nothing more than set a square jaw and do nothing to embarrass the Customs Department. Our bad guy, Yul Brynner, is fourth on the cast list and another story completely.
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I purchased port of new york and liked it. It was about a drug smuggler who runs his operation through a new york yacht club. a young and talented yul Brenner plays the dapper drug lord who has custom agents richard rober and scott brady after him. the actor scott brady-who in real life is the actor lawrence tierneys younger brother- looks amazingly similar to actor ray liotta from goodfellas in this flick. The actress k.t. stevens plays yuls frightened wife who loves to be wealthy but is good at heart and doesn't want murder and blood on her hands.the poor girl ends up a "very bad risk" to yul as you will see if you watch this movie. I liked port of new york. It tells some of the story in documentary style so you can see how the treasury department and custom agents work. I reccommend this movie, especially if you like 1940's cops and robbers kind of action !
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Genre: Documentary style Drug Crime
Stars: 2.5

Pros:
-Good View of New York in the late 40's
-Yul Brynner's first movie (and he is scary)
-Brings up the Drug issue (it is 1949 after all)

Cons:
-Narrator (it is rarely a good idea)
-Acting is nothing great
-Storyline would be ok if it were true.

Overall. I would watch this movie while you are doing something else. It is not particularly interesting or well done. The copy I watched was not the best, maybe that had something to do with it...but, maybe not. Watch it if you have the time, but don't bend over backward for it.
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at this time the fine B-actor Richard Rober was better known than the man who plays the genteel, stoic drug Baron, Yul Brenner.

fascinating late '40s New York location footage (antique car afficionados will love it).

something like GOODFELLAS or CASINO, we get a real history lesson, with "detached" narration; except here the shipments are drugs...which the good fellas supposedly passed up in favor of cold cash and "legitimate" items.

William Rober, as the lead investigator from the Treasury Dept., with his Dick Tracy jaw, is an interesting contrast to Brenner, in his first movie role, and a lesser-known actor, Arthur, who does a fabulous job as an eccentric "local" cabaret entertainer, who has a side career as trafficker. (He's one year away from working with Jose Ferrer in the movie CYRANO DE BERGERAC). At first glance I wasn't convinced he was not Tiny Tim, with a serious haircut. (But Tiny was 17 in 1949). An uncanny resemblance to the Greenwich Village phenom.

[review based upon "Platinum" release, with 3 other crime "noirs"].
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The print is very worn The story, acting and filming just average. The only star here is New York City in the late forty's. A lot of good shots of the port, the bay and center city.
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Port of New York, 1949 film

The movie begins with a view of lower Manhattan in the late 1940s when docks lined the banks of the North River, and there were few skyscrapers there. This busy seaport is a place where contraband (like narcotics) is smuggled into the country. All incoming baggage is searched. The luxury liner "Florentine" had a shipment of opium from Turkey for a chemical company (for medical supplies). A lady passenger sees a man on deck with a rubber raft; both go overboard! A small boat approaches the man and takes him aboard. This man will say nothing. Miss Toni Cardell also passed inspection. She talks to Paul (who has hair); she is nervous. Customs agents finds a short weight in the narcotics shipment. An investigation begins. They start with the missing purser, then any known leads.

A phone call offers a lead about that "shipment of sand" for a 25% reward. [We see the old elevated railroad at the Canal St. station, soon to be torn down.] Toni promises more information later in the day. She is followed home. Has she been ungrateful? Paul takes action. We see the inside of the old Penn Station (torn down in 1964). Continental travel was by train then. The agents search all the rental lockers looking for a clue. Then they watch and wait, until the package is picked up and brought to the "Club Gay". The stand-up comic is picked up for questioning; he talks. "So what!" Will Dolly Carny's girl friend break and talk? Yes, they will get a doctor. A small boat is taken to the dry dock for cleaning. They look around, and search the boat works to find a surprise. Four men enter the office. One man is discovered and caught after a fight. Later an unidentified body is found in the bay.

The agents learn of the buyer from California. The surveillance continues.
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