East of the River (1940)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this drama, set in New York City, two brothers fight it out over a girl. The boys were raised by their Italian mother. The younger brother is adopted and they grow up to pursue very different life directions. The adopted brother goes to college, but the older brother gets involved with crime and ends up going to San Quentin. He is released from prison just as the younger brother graduates. Later the older brother returns home with his girlfriend. It is not long before he is in trouble with the local syndicate. Meanwhile, the girl and the other brother fall in love and decide to marry. The older brother is not amused. Still, when the mob bursts in at the wedding, it is the older brother who keeps them at bay until the ceremony is completed.

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adoption, boy, brother, ceremony, childhood, city, college, criminal, engagement, escapades, family, friendship, gangster, girl, graduation, home, Italy, love, love-triangle, mother, opposite, prison, problems, rival, wedding