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The Earl of Chicago (1940)

Silky has always moved booze. In prohibition, he smuggled it from Canada, but now that it is legal, he produces his own brand. Seven years before, he sent Doc to prison because Doc was an ... See full summary »

Directors:

Richard Thorpe, Victor Saville (uncredited)

Writers:

Gene Fowler (story), Lesser Samuels | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Robert Kilmount
Edward Arnold ... Quentin 'Doc' Ramsey
Reginald Owen ... Gervase Gonwell
Edmund Gwenn ... Munsey, the Butler
E.E. Clive ... Mr. Redwood
Ronald Sinclair ... Master Gerald Kilmount
Norma Varden ... Maureen Kilmount
Halliwell Hobbes ... Lord Chancellor
Ian Wolfe ... Reading Clerk (as Ian Wulf)
Peter Godfrey ... Judson
Billy Bevan ... Castle Guide
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Silky has always moved booze. In prohibition, he smuggled it from Canada, but now that it is legal, he produces his own brand. Seven years before, he sent Doc to prison because Doc was an honest man. Now that he is getting out, Silky wants an honest man as his general manager. When an English solicitor arrives to show that Silky is the new Earl of Gorley, Doc sees his chance to get Silky out of the way. But Silky takes Doc with him to England to see about selling his holdings and taking the money. While Doc knows that none of the property can be sold, he does not tell Silky. While Silky is shown all his duties and responsibilities, Doc is busy bankrupting his business in Chicago. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Conde de Chicago See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Producer Victor Saville directed exterior scenes in London, some of which were incorporated into the final print. See more »

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Spoofed in Munster, Go Home! (1966) See more »

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If you thought it was a gangster drama, you're mistaken
13 February 2006 | by jpardesSee all my reviews

I've seen a lot of reviews of this film here claiming it's a gangster drama that would've worked better as a comedy. Did you miss the laughs? Some critics argue that Robert Montgomery was doing an unintentionally comedic gangster with Silky. I disagree. It's clearly satirical, with more depth added as the character becomes more exposed to another culture and from the decency shown to him by his new acquaintances. Sure, some parts could've been expanded on, and there could've been another half an hour of exposition. For me, many of the old studio pictures suffer from an assembly line mentality and are often dated or limited by today's standards. But I find satisfaction in the individual performances, scenes and the various technical and artistic contributions. Sadly, I feel there's a shortage of even those traits in today's Hollywood tripe.


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