Made during Hollywood's first "gangster cycle," The City Gone Wild stars Thomas Meighan as an honest prosecuting attorney. Meighan's integrity is compromised when he falls in love with Louise Brooks, the "moll" of gang boss Fred Kohler. Brooks steals the show from Meighan and Kohler, double-crossing both with impunity and paying for her chicanery in a most violent fashion. Who really cared about nominal "nice" heroine Marietta Miller? The City Gone Wild was directed in his usual perfunctory manner by James Cruze.
by Hal Erickson synopsis