THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (1928):
An American tramp steamer docks in New York harbor. In the bowels of the ship, coal stokers are shutting down the furnaces and anticipating a night of shore leave. The bullying third engineer warns the exhausted crew that they will be punished if they return drunk, when the vessel sails the following morning. The stokers gather to leer at crude pornographic graffiti scrawled on the engine room wall before debarking to carouse at the local gin-mills. On shore, the aforementioned engineer enters The Sandbar, a dance-hall saloon, craving a beer and female companionship. He unexpectedly encounters his estranged wife, Lou. During his absence of three years, she has become a habitué of the saloon, where she freely enjoys male companionship. The “couple” order drinks; no love is lost between them. The stoker Bill Roberts - a swaggering brawler when on leave - rescues a drowning prostitute named Mae who has leapt off the dock to end her sordid life. Bill, ignoring the admonishment of his sidekick “Sugar” Steve, impassively carries the semi-conscious woman to a room above The Sandbar, indifferent to the protests from the proprietor's wife, Mrs. Crimp.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 75 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!
RILEY THE COP (1928):
Joe Smith, a young bakery worker, gets engaged to Mary Coronelli, who comes from a wealthy family. Her snooty aunt takes Mary to Europe, hoping to break up the couple, but Joe uses his savings to follow her there. Unfortunately, he is falsely accused of embezzling money for the trip from the bakery, and Officer Riley, a well-liked local cop, pursues Joe to Europe. While in Germany, Riley falls for a young flapper in a beer garden, but he's in for a surprise when he finds out who she really is.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 66 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!