Burning Up Broadway (1928)

Drama | 30 January 1928

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HISTORY

A news brief in the 15 Nov 1927 Film Daily announced that filming was scheduled to begin on 21 Nov 1927. William Davidson was originally cast in the role of “Spike,” but he was replaced by Sam Hardy due to a “wrenched back,” as noted in the 28 Dec 1927 Var. Meanwhile, the 30 Nov 1927 issue of Var reported that Sterling Productions, Inc., based in Los Angeles, CA, had suspended production until 15 Jan 1928. Burning Up Broadway was scheduled to be released on 30 Jan 1928, according to various contemporary sources, including the 3 Dec 1927 Exhibitors Herald and 7 Jul 1928 Harrison’s Reports.
       According to the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database, this film is extant. ...

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A news brief in the 15 Nov 1927 Film Daily announced that filming was scheduled to begin on 21 Nov 1927. William Davidson was originally cast in the role of “Spike,” but he was replaced by Sam Hardy due to a “wrenched back,” as noted in the 28 Dec 1927 Var. Meanwhile, the 30 Nov 1927 issue of Var reported that Sterling Productions, Inc., based in Los Angeles, CA, had suspended production until 15 Jan 1928. Burning Up Broadway was scheduled to be released on 30 Jan 1928, according to various contemporary sources, including the 3 Dec 1927 Exhibitors Herald and 7 Jul 1928 Harrison’s Reports.
       According to the Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database, this film is extant.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Altoona Tribune [Altoona, PA]
10 May 1928
p. 4
Capital Times [Madison, WI]
24 Mar 1928
p. 7
Exhibitors Herald
3 Dec 1927
p. 52
Exhibitors Herald
24 Dec 1927
p. 84
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
28 Jan 1928
p. 58
Film Daily
15 Nov 1927
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Film Daily
27 Nov 1927
p. 12
Film Daily
19 Feb 1928
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Film Daily Year Book
1929
---
Harrison's Reports
7 Jul 1928
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Motion Picture News
16 Dec 1927
p. 1906
Palladium-Item [Richmond, IN]
2 Oct 1928
p. 9
Post-Star [Glens Falls, NY]
14 Dec 1928
p. 19
Variety
23 Nov 1927
p. 10
Variety
30 Nov 1927
p. 13
Variety
28 Dec 1927
p. 13
Variety
29 Feb 1928
p. 27
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus cues
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: Feb 1928
Production Date:
began 21 Nov 1927
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Sterling Pictures Distributing Corp.
19 January 1928
LP24889
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also 5 reels, 4,230 ft.
Length(in feet):
5,245, 6,000
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Harry Wells, a New Yorker, takes his friend Bob Travers, a westerner visiting the city, to a cafe for an evening of pleasure. When Bob becomes interested in Floss, the chief chorus girl, he incurs the wrath of Spike, owner of the cafe, who is in love with her. The next night Bob goes again to the cafe, where to their mutual chagrin he meets Harry. Spike, it is revealed, is a bootlegger in partnership with Nick, co-owner of the cafe. They find Bob snooping around, knock him out, and, taking Floss, whom they suspect of knowing too much, go off to run a big shipment of liquor. Harry, with a gang of roughnecks in his car, rescues Bob and trails Spike. When the liquor is being unloaded, Harry's men--all revenue agents disguised as hijackers--start a fight, and Bob rescues Floss. It is revealed that Harry and Floss are detectives pursuing Spike and his gang, and Bob and Floss find happiness in each ...

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Harry Wells, a New Yorker, takes his friend Bob Travers, a westerner visiting the city, to a cafe for an evening of pleasure. When Bob becomes interested in Floss, the chief chorus girl, he incurs the wrath of Spike, owner of the cafe, who is in love with her. The next night Bob goes again to the cafe, where to their mutual chagrin he meets Harry. Spike, it is revealed, is a bootlegger in partnership with Nick, co-owner of the cafe. They find Bob snooping around, knock him out, and, taking Floss, whom they suspect of knowing too much, go off to run a big shipment of liquor. Harry, with a gang of roughnecks in his car, rescues Bob and trails Spike. When the liquor is being unloaded, Harry's men--all revenue agents disguised as hijackers--start a fight, and Bob rescues Floss. It is revealed that Harry and Floss are detectives pursuing Spike and his gang, and Bob and Floss find happiness in each other.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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