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THE BOWERY

THE BOWERY

THE BOWERY

1933 / 92min / DCP

DIRECTOR: RAOUL WALSH

CAST: WALLACE BEERY, GEORGE RAFT, JACKIE COOPER

Introduced by NYU historian John Kuo Wei Tchen, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America.

Wallace Beery plays Chuck Connors, the legendary self proclaimed “White Mayor of Chinatown,” here a slovenly unprincipled oaf whose prime preoccupation is getting the better of fellow showboat Steve Brodie (George Raft). Walsh was a true democrat who loved the feisty racial jibing of city life, and appropriately his rabble-rousing pre-Code imagining of New York in the Gay Nineties has something to offend literally everyone.

The Bowery is screening as part of the series Imaginary Chinatown. Click here for more info.