The Czar of Broadway (1930)

Melodrama | 25 May 1930

Director:

William J. Craft

Writer:

Gene Towne

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Harry Lieb

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to reviews, the film was inspired by the life of gangster Arnold Rothstein (1882--1928). For additional information on Rothstein, please consult the entry below for the 1934 Fox film Now I'll Tell , directed by Edwin Burke and starring Spencer Tracy and Helen ... More Less

According to reviews, the film was inspired by the life of gangster Arnold Rothstein (1882--1928). For additional information on Rothstein, please consult the entry below for the 1934 Fox film Now I'll Tell , directed by Edwin Burke and starring Spencer Tracy and Helen Twelvetrees. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 Jun 1930.
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New York Times
30 Jun 1930
p. 22.
Variety
2 Jul 1930
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Cont
Dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus arr
SOUND
Rec eng
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 May 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1291
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,106 ft.
Length(in feet):
7,314
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mort Bradley, New York political boss and underworld czar, controls not only the city's most popular nightclub but also much of the press; however, the managing editor of the Times is determined to expose him. Jay Grant, a San Francisco reporter, is assigned to investigate Mort, who believes Jay to be a country boy and is delighted to see him fall in love with Connie Colton, of whom Mort has tired. Dismayed to learn that Jay is a reporter, Mort plans to have his gunman, Francis, kill him, but both Mort and Francis are shot by rival gangsters. Jay, believing that Mort will recover, rushes to the newspaper with an exposé, but while writing it he learns of Mort's death and decides their friendship would not permit him to submit the story. He leaves his paper and embarks on a new life with ... +


Mort Bradley, New York political boss and underworld czar, controls not only the city's most popular nightclub but also much of the press; however, the managing editor of the Times is determined to expose him. Jay Grant, a San Francisco reporter, is assigned to investigate Mort, who believes Jay to be a country boy and is delighted to see him fall in love with Connie Colton, of whom Mort has tired. Dismayed to learn that Jay is a reporter, Mort plans to have his gunman, Francis, kill him, but both Mort and Francis are shot by rival gangsters. Jay, believing that Mort will recover, rushes to the newspaper with an exposé, but while writing it he learns of Mort's death and decides their friendship would not permit him to submit the story. He leaves his paper and embarks on a new life with Connie. +

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