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The Hawk's Nest
Director: Benjamin Christensen (Dir)
Release Date:   27 May 1928
Duration (in feet):   7,426 or 7,433
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Milton Sills (The Hawk/John Finchley)  
    Montagu Love (Dan Daugherty)  
    Mitchell Lewis (James Kent)  
    Doris Kenyon (Madelon Arden)  
    Stuart Holmes (Barney McGuire)  
    Sojin (Himself)  

Summary: Determined to find the murderer of McGuire, one of his employees, "The Hawk," owner of a Chinatown café, has plastic surgery on his scarred face and masquerades as Finchley, a Chicago gangster. He thus hopes to save the life of Kent, manager of his café, who is being framed on a murder charge. The Hawk gains the confidence of Dan Daugherty, owner of a rival café, whom he suspects to be the murderer, and Madelon Arden, a dancer in Daugherty's café. When he fails to prove Daugherty's guilt, the council of Chinatown, aware that Daugherty also caused the death of Ching Ling Fu, a Chinatown leader, forces Daugherty to confess to the other killing. The Hawk finds romantic interest in Madelon. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Benjamin Christensen (Dir)
Producer: Richard A. Rowland (Pres)
Writer: James T. O'Donohue (Scen)
  Wid Gunning (Story)
  Casey Robinson (Titles)
Photography: Sol Polito (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Max Parker (Art dir)
Film Editor: Frank Ware (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 28/5/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25302

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Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Cafés
  Chinese Americans
  Dancers
  Frame-ups
  Gangsters
  Plastic surgery
  San Francisco (CA)--Chinatown

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   3 Jun 1928.   
MPW   16 Jun 1928.   
New York Times   25 Jun 28   p. 27.
Variety   27 Jun 28   p. 34.

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