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(aka "Riot on Pier 6" )


directed by William Castle
USA 1955


William Castle directed this Sam Katzman production, a gritty crime thriller about a newly-discharged sailor who gets a job as a longshoreman in The Big Easy. He swiftly discovers mob corruption throughout the docks, and when a friend is killed by the gangsters, he convinces the police to let him go undercover and take matters into his own hands. Filmed on location on the docks and in the French Quarter; stars Arthur Franz (The Sniper), with Beverly Garland (Chicago Confidential), Michael Ansara, Ed Nelson, and Mike Mazurki. Newly remastered.


Theatrical Release: March 1955 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Screen Classics by Request) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:14:15

1.84:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.32 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.84:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
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Senate hearings on organized crimes, also known as Kefauver hearings named after the senator heading them, was a big hit on American TVs in 1950. Hollywood took notice and number of films, so called city exposť, appeared on movie screens across America starting with independently produced The Captive City in 1952. At least 6 films were released by Columbia Pictures from 1954 until 1957, with a city name in its title, exposing named city's corruption and connection to organized crime. All of them were directed by either Fred F. Sears or William Castle. So far, only one such title was released on DVD - William Castle's New Orleans Uncensored. Based on a true story, this time the organized crime is being found on a dock and the film even cast some local city officials who help our lone hero, played by Arthur Franz, get the bad guys. Beverly Garland gets a second billing, but the hottie on the posters is actually Helene Stanton (noir aficionados will remember her as brunette Rita in The Big Combo.

As usual for Sony's MOD discs, the image quality for this single-layered disc is excellent, with no visible damage and no compression issues. The progressive transfer has deep blacks and grain is kept in check. The audio is decent, but there are no extras provided. The menus are not there as well, so the film starts right after all the FBI warnings. The film has some decent action scenes and is mildly recommended, but Sony should be commended on their top quality releases even for a lesser film like this one.

  - Gregory Meshman


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