East of the River (1940)

73 mins | Drama | 9 November 1940

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Fred Niblo Jr.

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Thomas Pratt

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Mama Ravioli and Bad Boy. According to news items in the HR, Raoul Walsh was originally scheduled to direct and Ida Lupino was slated for Brenda Marshall's role. ...

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The working titles of this film were Mama Ravioli and Bad Boy. According to news items in the HR, Raoul Walsh was originally scheduled to direct and Ida Lupino was slated for Brenda Marshall's role.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Dec 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
31 Oct 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 1940
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 1940
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 1940
pp. 8-9
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 1940
p. 4
Motion Picture Daily
4 Nov 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
2 Nov 1940
p. 35, 58
New York Times
28 Oct 1940
p. 21
Variety
30 Oct 1940
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner, in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Les Guthrie
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Bad Boy
Mama Ravioli
Release Date:
9 November 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 Oct 1940
Production Date:
began late Jul 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
9 November 1940
LP10035
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6562
SYNOPSIS

On New York's Lower East Side, Mama Teresa Lorenzo labors in her spaghetti restaurant, determined to keep her young son Joe honest. When Joe and his friend Nick get into trouble for slugging a railroad detective, Mama saves the boys from the reformatory by promising to discipline Joe and adopt the homeless Nick. While Nick earns straight A's in school and continues on to college, Joe turns to gambling and crime. Joe finances Nick's education and leads his family to believe that he is running a ranch in California, but is actually serving a prison term in San Quentin. Upon finishing his sentence, Joe returns to New York to attend Nick's college graduation and brings his girl friend, Laurie Romayne, who is wanted on a forgery charge, with him. In New York, Laurie, touched by Mama's kindness and concern, begins to help with the household chores and discovers that she enjoys the honest life. Meanwhile, Joe plots revenge on Scarfi and Cy Turner, the two gangsters he blames for sending him to Quentin. Joe informs the police of a robbery that the two are planning, but Turner escapes the police trap. When Scarfi is sent to the electric chair for shooting a policeman, Turner vows to take Joe's life in revenge. To avoid Turner's thugs, Joe leaves town, but Laurie decides to stay with Mama. In Joe's absence, Laurie gets a job, and she and Nick fall in love and decide to marry. In Mexico, Joe learns of their plans and returns to stop the wedding. He threatens to expose Laurie's past unless she gives Nick up, but Mama, learning of ...

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On New York's Lower East Side, Mama Teresa Lorenzo labors in her spaghetti restaurant, determined to keep her young son Joe honest. When Joe and his friend Nick get into trouble for slugging a railroad detective, Mama saves the boys from the reformatory by promising to discipline Joe and adopt the homeless Nick. While Nick earns straight A's in school and continues on to college, Joe turns to gambling and crime. Joe finances Nick's education and leads his family to believe that he is running a ranch in California, but is actually serving a prison term in San Quentin. Upon finishing his sentence, Joe returns to New York to attend Nick's college graduation and brings his girl friend, Laurie Romayne, who is wanted on a forgery charge, with him. In New York, Laurie, touched by Mama's kindness and concern, begins to help with the household chores and discovers that she enjoys the honest life. Meanwhile, Joe plots revenge on Scarfi and Cy Turner, the two gangsters he blames for sending him to Quentin. Joe informs the police of a robbery that the two are planning, but Turner escapes the police trap. When Scarfi is sent to the electric chair for shooting a policeman, Turner vows to take Joe's life in revenge. To avoid Turner's thugs, Joe leaves town, but Laurie decides to stay with Mama. In Joe's absence, Laurie gets a job, and she and Nick fall in love and decide to marry. In Mexico, Joe learns of their plans and returns to stop the wedding. He threatens to expose Laurie's past unless she gives Nick up, but Mama, learning of Joe's treachery, renounces him as her son. Joe relents, and after delivering Laurie to the church, he eludes the clutches of Turner's thugs by slugging a policeman and getting arrested.

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