Gang War (1928)

Genres - Crime, Romance  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Gang War stars Jack Pickford as speakeasy musician Clyde Baxter and Olive Borden as Flowers, a dime-a-dance girl. When Clyde falls in love with Flowers, he finds he has a deadly rival in the form of gangster Blackjack (Eddie Gribbon). During an all-out war between two rival gangs, Blackjack proves he's a "right" guy by sacrificing himself to save Clyde and Flowers. The brutish Walter Long is right in his element as the film's "bad" gangster. Completed as a silent film, Gang War was converted into a part-talkie with an irrelevant prologue sequence involving reporters Lorin Raker and David McKee; appearing in this sequence is a young Mabel Albertson, long before she became everybody's meddling mother-in-law on TV.

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bad-guy-turns-good, death, gangster, gang-war, love, murder, music, reporter, rival, sacrifice, taxi-dancer