Port of New York
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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.Read more ›
-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)
-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.
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"].
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Apparently Yul Brenner's first movie. It is a pretty good story, but the video quality was poor.Published 2 months ago by Poppy44
Better than the majority of today's movies. Interesting seeing a young Yul Brenner with hair.Published 2 months ago by Art T
Semi-documentary style fiction about G-men attempting to recover a bundle of narcotics discovered missing in a Customs search.Published 3 months ago by T Ireton
I had never seen Yul Brenner with hair. It was too spooky. I didn't finish the movie. But It did seem to be ok.Published 4 months ago by elizabeth