Romance of the Underworld
Also known as Romance and Bright Lights in the USA
B&W : Seven reels / 6162 feet / 68 minutes
Directed by Irving Cummings
Cast: Mary Astor [Judith Andrews], Ben Bard [Derby Dan Manning], Robert Elliott [Edwin Burke], John Boles [Stephen Ransome], Oscar Apfel [‘Champagne’ Joe], Helen Lynch [‘Blondie’ Nell], William H. Tooker [Asa Jenks]
Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Produced by William Fox. Scenario by Douglas Z. Doty, from a screen story adaptation by Douglas Z. Doty and Sidney Lanfield of the play A Romance of the Underworld by Paul Armstrong. Song “Judy” by Pierre Norman (music) and Jacques Murray (lyrics). Assistant director, Charles Woolstenhulme. Cinematography by Conrad Wells. Intertitles by Garrett Graham. Edited by Frank Hull (Frank E. Hull). Presented by William Fox. / © 26 October 1928 by Fox Film Corporation [LP25757]. Released 11 November 1928. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / The play was previously filmed as A Romance of the Underworld (1918). / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.
Survival status: Print exists in the Museum of Modern Art film archive [16mm reduction positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
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Listing updated: 3 October 2014.
References: Everson-Detective pp. 35, 36; Parish-Gangster pp. 2, 5 : ClasIm-302 p. 12 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Jeffrey Bates.
Home video: DVD.