The Wolf of Wall Street (1929 film)

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The Wolf of Wall Street
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Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Written by Doris Anderson
Starring George Bancroft
Olga Baclanova
Nancy Carroll
Music by Karl Hajos
Cinematography Victor Milner
Edited by Robert Bassler
Production
  company
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 2, 1929 (1929-02-02) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 1929 drama film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring George Bancroft, Olga Baclanova, and Nancy Carroll. The story and screenplay were written by Doris Anderson.[1] Originally made as a silent film, The Wolf of Wall Street was completely re-filmed with sound,[2] becoming Bancroft's first talkie.[3]

The plot concerns a ruthless trader (Bancroft) who corners the market in copper and then sells short, making a fortune and ruining the finances of himself and his friends.[4][5][6]

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Reception for the film was mixed. Life criticised the film for depending too much on its novelty value; the advertising ran "George Bancroft talks . . . Baclanova sings", and Life noted "there is the good news that George Bancroft has a fine screen voice", but felt the film lacked substance in the plot.[7] Film Daily wrote that "George Bancroft as the roughneck engineering a pool in Wall Street to get the sucker is immense, as usual," but complained of a lack of action and weak story.

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  1. ^ Christopher Silvester – The Grove Book of Hollywood – 2007 Page 109 "Rowland Lee handled George Bancroft in The Wolf of Wall Street."
  2. ^ Films in Review – Volume 37 1986 – Page 12 "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. 1929. Paramount. Ben Schulberg, producer. With George Bancroft, Paul Lukas, Olga Baclanova and Nancy Carroll. Originally made as a silent, The Wolf of Wall Street was completely re-filmed as a talking ..."
  3. ^ Roy Liebman From silents to sound: a biographical encyclopedia 1998 Page 16 "Sound: George Bancroft retained his star status through his first few talkies, his sound debut coming in The Wolf of Wall Street (1929)."
  4. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "The Wolf of Wall Street (1929)". New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Kenneth White Munden The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures 1997 – "Cast: George Bancroft (The Wolf), Baclanova (Olga, his wife), Paul Lukas (David Tyler), Nancy Carroll (Gert, the maid), ... The Wolf of Wall Street corners the market in copper and then sells short, making a fortune and ruining the fiance of his ...To revenge himself, The Wolf deliberately ruins himself and Tyler in the market and then walks out on his wife. "
  6. ^ Paul L. Nemcek The films of Nancy Carroll 1969 – Page 75 "With George Bancroft What the critics said about THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Film Daily: George Bancroft as the roughneck engineering a pool in Wall Street to get the sucker is immense, as usual, but the lack of action and weak story cramp .."
  7. ^ Life Volume 93 – Page xix 1929 ... that, "George Bancroft talks . . . Baclanova sings ..." so the public flocks in to satisfy its curiosity. Thank Heaven the sound of the human voice will soon cease to be a novelty on the screen, and producers may then find it necessary to provide ."

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