East Side, West Side (1927 film)

East Side, West Side is a 1927 American drama film directed by Allan Dwan and starring George O'Brien (in the same year that he played the lead in Murnau's Sunrise), Virginia Valli, and June Collyer. The supporting cast includes J. Farrell MacDonald and Holmes Herbert. The epic film was shot extensively on various locations in New York City and includes a sinking ship loosely based upon the RMS Titanic.[1]

East Side, West Side
Lobby card
Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byAllan Dwan (scenario)
Based onnovel by Felix Riesenberg
StarringGeorge O'Brien
Virginia Valli
CinematographyGeorge Webber
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
October 9, 1927
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film is preserved at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[2]

The film was remade in 1931 as Skyline with Thomas Meighan and Hardie Albright.


  • George O'Brien as John Breen
  • Virginia Valli as Becka Lipvitch
  • J. Farrell MacDonald as Pug Malone
  • Dore Davidson as Channon Lipvitch
  • Sonia Nodell as Mrs. Lipvitch (credited as Sonia Nodalsky)
  • June Collyer as Josephine
  • John Miltern as Gerrit Rantoul
  • Holmes Herbert as Gilbert Van Horn
  • Frank Dodge as Judge Kelly
  • Dan Wolheim as Grogan
  • Johnny Dooley as Grogan gang member
  • John Kearney as Policeman
  • Edward Garvey as Second
  • Frank Allworth as Flash
  • William Frederic as Breen
  • Jack La Rue as dining extra (uncredited)


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