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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Port of Wickedness')

directed by Howard Hawks and
USA 1935


A wide-open San Francisco, circa 1890, is the background for one of Howard Hawks's intelligent love triangles: Miriam Hopkins is a mail-order bride whose husband-to-be is killed on the night of her arrival; gambler Edward G. Robinson offers her protection, drifter Joel McCrea offers her solace. A boisterous film with a serious undertone provided by Hawks's preoccupation with the moral compromise necessary for survival.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's from the Chicago reader located HERE


Theatrical Release: October 13th, 1935 - USA

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:30:00 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.89 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English, DUBs: French, Spanish  (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: March 8th, 2005

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Chapters: 20





This image is a little hazy for my liking. There is also a fair amount of damage, especially in the first 30 minutes. on the positive - contrast is good.  It really is  shame that MGM couldn't put a little effort in for a Howard Hawks film. They do have some uncharacteristic DUBs offered with similar subtitle options and even a trailer, which seems more than they usually do lately. At least the price is appropriate. Great film - worthy of better treatment!  

Gary W. Tooze


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