Wolves of the City (1929)

Run Time - 45 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Having made his directorial debut with 1928's The Price of Fear, former screenwriter Leigh Jason turned director full-time with 1929's Wolves of the City. A priceless artifact is stolen, and the thieves demand $150,000 ransom. Heroine Sally Blane tries to retrieve the valuable curio on her own, only to get kidnapped for her troubles. It is up to hero Bill Cody (making one of his few non-western appearances) to sneak into the villain's lair and save the girl. The scenes in which Cody takes on 20 bad guys single-handedly were good for a few laughs in the more sophisticated movie houses, but audiences in the hinterlands loved this sort of outsized derring-do.