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The City Gone Wild
Director: James Cruze (Dir)
Release Date:   12 Nov 1927
Duration (in mins):   58
Duration (in feet):   5,408
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Thomas Meighan (John Phelan)  
    Marietta Millner (Nada Winthrop)  
    Louise Brooks (Snuggles Joy)  
    Fred Kohler (Gunner Gallagher)  
    Duke Martin (Lefty Schroeder)  
    Nancy Phillips (Lefty's girl)  
    Wyndham Standing (Franklin Ames)  
    Charles Hill Mailes (Luther Winthrop)  
    King Zany (Bondsman)  
    "Gunboat" Smith (Policeman)  

Summary: With the outbreak of city gang wars between Gunner Gallagher and Lefty Schroeder, criminal lawyer John Phelan, feared in the underworld, brings temporary peace, while district attorney Franklin Ames investigates. Nada Winthrop, daughter of a powerful capitalist, is sought by both men. Though Nada loves John, she disapproves of his criminal practice; and when he frees Gunner Gallagher on bail, she announces her engagement to Ames. When Ames discovers that her father is the secret brain of the underworld activities and Winthrop has him killed, John takes the district attorneyship to avenge his friend. Snuggles, Gunner's girl, threatens to inform on Winthrop unless John releases Gunner, and he concedes; John is about to resign when Snuggles, rejected by her man, confesses. 

Production Company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.  
Director: James Cruze (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Jules Furthman (Scr)
  Charles Furthman (Story)
  Jules Furthman (Story)
  Herman Mankiewicz (Titles)
Photography: Bert Glennon (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. 12/11/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24657

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): District attorneys


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   17 Dec 1927.   
New York Times   7 Sep 1927   p. 35.
Variety   7 Sep 1927   p. 21.

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