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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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Release Date:

11 November 1928 (USA)  »

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Romance and Bright Lights  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Written by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain and Pierre Norman
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5 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What happen to the movie tone soundtrack? It originally had music and effects.This was the same strange situation when I saw a bad print of lonesome.It had a modern rock sound track to it.Then I read that it had talkie sequences.i though that version was lost .all of a sudden I discover it wasn't and finally it was put on d.v.d and Blu- ray.Is this movie in the same situation? the sound does exist? I read that an extant is in the New York Museum of fine arts.Well it still was a good melodrama.Mary Astor playing a host for a speak easy,she hates .It's run by Champagne Joe,played by Oscar Apfel.Her rotten boyfriend,Edwin ,played by Robert Elliot, is a crook and keeps taking her money she earns away from her.Well she get fed up with it and leaves,but a raid is in site.After Edwin pick pockets and old geezer and he discovers that his wallets gone.He gets kicked out.The officer Dan Manning ,played by Ben Bard,Sees what has been going on as he has the place raided.Asking the crooks at the bar,as they get arrested.It seems ,if I can remember,someone put the wallet in Ed's pocket.He end up going to prison too.Bard catchers Mary Astor leaving, but after explanation he lets her go and give her 10 dollars to star over again.She ends up working as a laundress ,until she sees her exp boyfriend taking his laundry in and she burns the sheet accidentally she Ironed.She ends up being a waitress and learns to be a secretary at night school.She meets Stephen a import export dealer ,at the eatery ,she works at.It isn't until she gets a job as a stenographer and discovers Steve again as her boss.They eventually fall in love with each other.But as they go to a judge friend of Steve to get married,it when Edwin is being sentenced of theft Two years.By the time she has a child s and lives a happy life .it's when Edwin has come out of prison and black male her.Helen Lynch plays one of the second hostesses of the speak easy, who now the girl friend of Edwin.Eventually Bard get champagne Joe to get rid of Edwin ,finally putting at peace for Astor's character.although it was average,It was still rare .But this print was poor. 03/06/13

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