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The Shakedown (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 10 March 1929 (USA)

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Charles Logue (story) (as Charles A. Logue), Charles Logue (scenario) (as Charles A. Logue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Murray ... Dave Roberts
Barbara Kent ... Marjorie
George Kotsonaros George Kotsonaros ... Battling Roff
Wheeler Oakman ... Manager
Jack Hanlon Jack Hanlon ... Clem
Harry Gribbon ... Dugan
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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pobjeda snage See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A part-talkie released at a time when the public was clamoring for sound, this demonstrates the difficulty Carl Laemmle faced in 1929 when he was unable to secure Fox's Movietone sound system on a permanent basis. Often the equipment would be available for a week. Universal spent the year rushing production of their 100% talking pictures, facing the dilemma of releasing their better films in a less desirable part-talking format. See more »

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Version of Fast Companions (1932) See more »

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A recently restored Wyler silent masterpiece
14 September 1999 | by DsosinSee all my reviews

THE SHAKEDOWN, restored to 35mm by George Eastman house, shown in 1998 in Pordenone, and in 1999 at Telluride, is a superb action-comedy about a boxer whose life changes when he meets up with an orphan boy. Love interest is provided by Barbara Kent, who may be remembered from her winning performance in LONESOME and later sound films.

Wyler was not thought to have made any great silents, but this one is a classic, with fine camerawork, a captivating cast, a dynamic story, and an uplifting feeling. Audiences who saw this film in Pordenone and Telluride cheered and leapt to their feet at the end of the film.

A two-piano score has been created for THE SHAKEDOWN and was premiered by Neal Brand and Donald Sosin at the Telluride Film Festival in September 1999. Plans are underway to tour this film around the US under the joint auspices of the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy and Telluride


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