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INTRODUCTION:
The City Gone Wild is a hard boiled underworld melodrama, with gang wars and gun fights, in which a criminal lawyer turns prosecutor to avenge a friend's death. The film was loosely based on incidents in Chicago. The film is lost.

CAST:
Thomas Meighan .... John Phelan (imdb)
Marietta Millner .... Nada Winthrop
Louise Brooks .... Snuggles Joy
Fred Kohler .... Gunner Gallagher
Duke Martin .... Lefty Schroeder
Nancy Phillips .... Lefty's Girl
Wyndham Standing .... Franklin Ames
Charles Hill Mailes .... Luther Winthrop
King Zany .... Bondsman
Gunboat Smith .... Policeman

CREDITS:
Studio: Paramount
Director: James Cruze (imdb)
Writing Credits: Charles & Jules Furthman (story), Charles Furthman (screenplay), Herman J. Mankiewicz (titles)
Format: Silent - black & white
Cinematography: Bert Glennon
Production dates: June 22 to July 7, 1927
Running Time: 6 reels
Release Date: November 12, 1927
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   La ciudad del mal (Argentina); Der Verbrecherkönig von Chicago (Austria); La cité maudite (Belgium); A cidade bulicosa (Brazil); Mesto uplynulı divokı (Czechoslovakia); Storstadens svøbe! (Denmark); La cité maudite (France); La Ville Maudite (France); La onda del crimen (Mexico); A cidade ruidosa (Portugal); La ciudad lel mal (Spain)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
With the outbreak of city gang wars between Gunner Gallagher and Lefty Schroeder, criminal lawyer John Phelan, feared in the underworld, brings temporary peace, while district auorney Franklin Ames investigates. Nada Winthrop, daughter of a powerful capitalist, is sought by both men. Though Nada loves John, she disapproves of his criminal practice; and when he frees Gunner Gallagher on bail, she announces her engagement to Ames. When Ames discovers that her father is the secret brain of underworld activities and Winthrop has him killed, John takes the district attorneyship to avenge his friend. Snuggles, Gunner’s girl, threatens to inform on Winthrop unless John releases Gunner, and he concedes; John is about to resign when Snuggles, rejected by her man, confesses.

 

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