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The Shakedown (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 10 March 1929 (USA)
Dave Roberts is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. ... See full summary »

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Charles Logue (story) (as Charles A. Logue), Charles Logue (scenario) (as Charles A. Logue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Murray ... Dave Roberts
Barbara Kent ... Marjorie
George Kotsonaros George Kotsonaros ... Battling Roff
Wheeler Oakman ... Manager
Jack Hanlon Jack Hanlon ... Clem
Harry Gribbon ... Dugan
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Dave Roberts is a professional boxer better at losing in fixed matches than in knocking out his opponents. He turns up in towns and is part of a group who sets up corrupt boxing matches. Dave's life on the margins changes after he meets a mother and son. As he begins to care for them, he ultimately has to decide whether to continue in his low-life ways or turn the tables on those who have been forcing him to participate in them. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shakedown See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A part-talkie released at a time when the public was clamoring for sound, this demonstrates the difficulty Carl Laemmle faced in 1929 when he was unable to secure Fox's Movietone sound system on a permanent basis. Often the equipment would be available for a week. Universal spent the year rushing production of their 100% talking pictures, facing the dilemma of releasing their better films in a less desirable part-talking format. See more »

Connections

Version of Fast Companions (1932) See more »

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THE LOST ART
19 June 2000 | by guyfawkes1600See all my reviews

Whilst viewing this relic from the silent feature vault i could not help but to think of the now lost art of silent film acting. Without words the actors had to be thespian-plus and gesticulate with machine gun rapidity . A far cry from sly- stallone who also never found the art speaking. This feel good yarn let me down with its predictable finish but the rest packed a punch - on me - and the villian.


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