Jerry Larabee (Richard Barthelmess)is a gangster who can play piano and sing, mostly to entertain his girl Alice (Betty Compson), who is quite visibly thrilled by his crooning. But as the result of a gangland shootout he had with rival mobster Spadoni (Louis Natheaux), Larabee must do a stretch in prison. The kindly warden (William Holden) sees a potential for redemption in him, and talks Mary into giving him up, so he will break all contact with his previous life. Through his musical talents, Jerry is soon doing radio broadcasts with the prison orchestra, and one of his own compositions, "Weary River" is a smash hit with listeners. In no time, he's released, with a concert tour lined up. unfortunately, hecklers cause the overly sensitive ex-gunman to lose his confidence and he's a flop. Down on his luck, he drifts back to his old gang buddies and Mary, who's never stopped loving him. After learning that his stint up the river was a frame-up by Spadoni, a showdown is arranged at their... Written by
10 February 1929 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Bag Fængslets Port
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(Western Electric System) (Western Electric Apparatus) (sound effects, music and talking sequences)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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In September 1928 Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures, and from that point on all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-'30s, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more
[Final line, spoken to a cop intending to arrest Jerry Larrabee:
"Let him alone, he's going to see his sweetheart, that's all. And they don't want to be bothered by any blue-coated cupids."
Frankie and Johnny
Sung by Richard Barthelmess
(dubbed by Johnny Murray) See more