This was the film that launched director Josef von Sternberg's career. Ben Hecht, who wrote the screenplay, won the first ever Academy Award® for Best Writing, Original Story — among his uncredited collaborators were Howard Hawks and von Sternberg. "Bull" Weed (George Bancroft) is the high-living kingpin of Prohibition Chicago. When a rival gangster (Fred Kohler) puts the moves on Weed's girl (Evelyn Brent), the criminal code demands retaliation. A favorite of audiences and critics alike, UNDERWORLD is credited as the first gangster film, and the model for the popular genre. DIR Josef von Sternberg; SCR Ben Hecht, Robert N. Lee, Charles Furthman. U.S., 1927, b&w, 80 min. Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED
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