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Romance of the Underworld (1928)

When a gangster's speakeasy is raided by the police, one of the people picked up is the gangster's pretty young girlfriend. A kind-hearted cop takes pity on her and helps her get out of ... See full summary »

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When a gangster's speakeasy is raided by the police, one of the people picked up is the gangster's pretty young girlfriend. A kind-hearted cop takes pity on her and helps her get out of that life. While waitressing to earn money for college, she meets a wealthy and handsome young man and they fall in love--but he doesn't know about her somewhat shady past and her relationship with the gangster. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Working Her Way Up
21 September 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Mary Astor gives a strong performance playing a gangster's girlfriend who works in his nightclub, but when the place gets raided a kindly cop asks her basically "What's a nice girl like you doing working in a place like this?". He gives her ten bucks to get her started on a new life and she decides to give it a go. Answering a want ad for waitresses ("good figure required") to work at a businessman's lunch place, she gets herself hired, serves a meal and spills water on good-looking businessman Stephen (John Boles), all the while going to night school studying shorthand and typing. Well, by coincidence, she ends up Stephen's new secretary, and before you know it - his new wife. But he has no idea about her sordid past!

This silent film is very fast-paced and entertaining, and while the quality of the print I saw was not the best, the story kept me completely interested. Ben Bard, as the gangster Mary Astor is hooked up with in the early parts of the film, is dapper, slick, and suitably despicable in his bad man role, John Boles is his usual self, kind of boring but adequate. Mary Astor is great and helps make this film a good one, and I love the performance given by Robert Elliott as the good-hearted cop who helps her. An excellent film.


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