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Underworld -- This tale of a gangster fighting to stay on top in the Chicago underworld is a goundbreaking film that set the style of gangster movies for years to come.

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Writers:
Charles Furthman (adaptation)
Ben Hecht (story)
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Release Date:
20 August 1927 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(28 articles)
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A truly great film that stands the test of time. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

George Bancroft ... 'Bull' Weed

Evelyn Brent ... 'Feathers' McCoy

Clive Brook ... Rolls Royce Wensel

Fred Kohler ... 'Buck' Mulligan

Helen Lynch ... Meg, Mulligan's Girl

Larry Semon ... 'Slippy' Lewis
Jerry Mandy ... Paloma
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alfred Allen ... Judge (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Street Kid (uncredited)
Andy MacLennan ... One of Laughing Faces at the Ball (uncredited)
Ida May ... Laughing Woman at the Ball (uncredited)
Karl Morse ... 'High Collar' Sam (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... One of Buck's Henchmen (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Arthur Rosson (uncredited) (fired, replaced by J. Von Sternberg)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Furthman  adaptation (as Charles Furthmann)
Howard Hawks  scenario (uncredited)
Ben Hecht  story
Robert N. Lee  adaptation
George Marion Jr.  titles
Josef von Sternberg  uncredited

Produced by
B.P. Schulberg .... associate producer
Hector Turnbull .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2010 Composer New Score)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
 
Film Editing by
E. Lloyd Sheldon 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Hathaway .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Hans Dreier .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Clothier .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Paying the Penalty" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
80 min | Portugal:87 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-8 (1992) | Finland:(Banned) (1929) | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | UK:R (original rating) | UK:A (re-rating) (cut) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Generally considered to be the very first Film-Noir feature film.See more »
Quotes:
'Bull' Weed:[Referring to Rolls Royce] Look at him - Cost me a thousand - Looks like a million.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rio Bravo (1959)See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A truly great film that stands the test of time., 1 November 1998

The stars are beautifully photographed; the lighting sets the mood, and Ben Hecht's Academy Award winning screenplay all combine to make this the definitive "gangster picture", done before many of the elements became cliches.

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