Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts (George Bancroft) gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae (Betty Compson), a wise and weary dance-hall girl, in Josef von Sternbergâs evocative portrait of working-class waterfront folk. Fog-enshrouded cinematography by Harold Rosson, expressionist set design by Hans Dreier, and sensual performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary directorâs finest works, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of its era.
Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg
A ninety-six-page booklet featuring essays by Geoffrey O'Brien, Anton Kaes, and Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hechtâs original story for Underworld; and an excerpt from Josef von Sternbergâs autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, on actor Emil Jannings