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Underworld
(1927) American
B&W : Eight reels / 7643 feet
Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Cast: George Bancroft [‘Bull’ Weed], Clive Brook [‘Rolls Royce’], Evelyn Brent [‘Feathers’], Fred Kohler (Sr.) [Buck Mulligan], Helen Lynch [Mulligan’s girlfriend], Larry Semon [‘Slippy’ Lewis], Jerry Mandy [Paloma]; Karl Morse [‘High Collar Sam’]

Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Produced by Hector Turnbull. Associate producer, B.P. Schulberg. Screen play (scenario) by Robert N. Lee, from an adaptation by Charles Furthmann (Charles Furthman) of a screen story by Ben Hecht. Set design by Hans Dreier. Photographed (cinematography) by Bert Glennon. Camera operator, Otto Pierce. Titles (intertitles) by George Marion Jr. Editor-in-chief, E. Lloyd Sheldon. Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky. / © 29 October 1927 by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation [LP24601]. Premiered 20 August 1927 in New York, New York. General release, 29 October 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Arthur Rosson was originally intended to direct the film. Claims that this was Semon’s final film are erroneous. / Silent film.

Drama: Crime.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.5955.

Survival status: Print exists [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Crime: Murder - Criminals: Gangs, Gangsters - Death: Murder - Law: Enforcement: Police: Policemen - Weapons: Guns

Listing updated: 23 March 2010.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.5955; Bardèche-History pp. 299, 300, 383; Barnard-Argentine pp. 116, 118, 134; Bohn-Light pp. xxv, 88; Bondanella-Hollywood p. 181; Brownlow-Parade pp. 192, 194-196, 198, 202, 204; Everson-American pp. 229-230; Everson-Detective p. 110; Fell-History pp. 121-122, 123; Geduld-Birth p. 147; Katchmer-Eighty pp. 10, 12; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 47, 152; Leish-Cinema p. 53; Limbacher-Feature p. 263; Nollen-Karloff p. 215; Parish-Gangster pp. 2, 33, 124, 400-401; Quirk-Powell p. 88; Sarris-Sternberg pp. 8, 13, 15-16, 19, 23, 46; Shipman-Cinema p. 96; Sinyard-Silent pp. 129, 130, 131; Sklar-Movie p. 179; Sweeney-Coming pp. 106, 118; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 186, 187; Weaver-Twenty p. 319 : ClasIm-301 p. 13.

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