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Gang War
Director: Bert Glennon (Dir)
Release Date:   2 Sep 1928
Duration (in mins):   70
Duration (in feet):   6,365
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast: Cast--Prolog: Lorin Raker    
    Jack McKee    
    Mabel Albertson    
    David Hartman    
  Cast--Story: Olive Borden (Flowers)  
    Jack Pickford (Clyde Baxter)  
    Eddie Gribbon (Blackjack)  
    Walter Long (Mike Luego)  
    Frank Chew (Wong)  

Summary: Clyde Baxter, who toots the sax in a cheap dancehall, falls in love with Flowers, a taxi dancer, thereby angering Blackjack Connell, a tough rumrunner who considers Flowers to be his property. Mike Luego, a rival bootlegger, shoots up Blackjack's headquarters, and in revenge Blackjack rips up Luego's warehouse. Blackjack finds Clyde with Flowers; and to save Clyde's life, Flowers consents to marry Blackjack that very night. Clyde is taken prisoner by Luego's men, and Flowers learns of his captivity, becoming distraught and tipping off Blackjack that she has married him only to protect Clyde. With an uncharacteristic and moving sentimentality, Blackjack goes to Luego and trades his freedom for that of Clyde. Blackjack is brutally murdered, and Clyde and Flowers set out to find a new life together. 

Production Company: F.B.O. Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: F.B.O. Productions, Inc.  
Director: Bert Glennon (Dir)
  Charles Kerr (Asst dir)
Writer: James Ashmore Creelman (Story)
  Fred Myton (Cont)
  Edgar Allan Woolf (Dial)
  Randolph Bartlett (Titles)
Photography: Virgil Miller (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Archie Marshek (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Low Down," words by Joe Trent, music by Peter De Rose; "I Love Me," words and music by Will Mahoney; "My Suppressed Desire," words by Ned Miller, music by Chester Cohn; "Ya Comin' Up Tonight--Huh?" words and music by Al Sherman, Al Lewis and Abe Lyman.
Composer: Chester Cohn
  Peter De Rose
  Al Lewis
  Abe Lyman
  Will Mahoney
  Ned Miller
  Al Sherman
  Joe Trent
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
F.B.O. Productions, Inc. 6/9/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25591

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Talking seq, sd eff, and mus score by Photophone
  b&w:

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Crime
 
Subjects (Major): Bootleggers
  Murder
  Musicians
  Rumrunners
  Saxophones
  Self-sacrifice
  Taxi dancers

Note:  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   5 Aug 1928.   
New York Times   19 Nov 1928   p. 16.
Variety   21 Nov 1928   p. 30.

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