B&W : Six reels / 5537 feet
Directed by William K. Howard
Cast: Paul Muni [James Dyke], John Mack Brown (Johnny Mack Brown) [Robert Ward], Edith Yorke [Mrs. Douglas], Richard Carlyle [chaplain], Marguerite Churchill [Mary Douglas], De Witt Jennings (DeWitt Jennings) [the warden], Clifford Dempsey [the police lieutenant], Henry Kolker [the judge], Don Terry, George Pearce
Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Scenario by John Hunter Booth and Tom Barry, with dialogue by John Hunter Booth and Tom Barry, from the play The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert M. Middlemass. Assistant director Gordon Cooper. Cinematography by Lucien Andriot and Glem MacWilliams. Sound recording by Frank MacKenzie. Edited by Jack Dennis. Presented by William Fox. / © 14 May 1929 by Fox Film Corporation [LP366]. Released 19 May 1929. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / Howard’s first sound film. Muni’s film debut. Muni was nominated for an Academy Award. / Silent film, with talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects.
Survival status: Print exists in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Crime: Murder - Death: Murder - Synchronized sound film - USA: Ohio
Listing updated: 4 October 2014.
References: Everson-American pp. 341, 342; Parish-Gangster p. 3; Vermilye-Twenties p. 31 : Variety-19291106 p. 29 : Website-AFI; Website-GEM.
Home video: DVD.