theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Written by||Edward T. Lowe Jr.
(scenario, adaptation, dialogue & titles)
(dialogue & titles)
|Story by||"Melvin Crossman"
|Edited by||Ralph Dawson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Tenderloin (1928) is a Part-talkie crime film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello. While the film was a part-talkie, it was mostly a silent film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects on Vitaphone discs. It was produced and released by Warner Bros. Tenderloin is considered a lost film, with no prints currently known to exist.
Rose Shannon (Dolores Costello), a dancing girl at "Kelly's," in the "Tenderloin" district of New York City, worships at a distance Chuck White (Conrad Nagel), a younger member of the gang that uses it as their hangout. Chuck's interest in her is as just another toy to play with. Rose is implicated in a crime which she knows nothing about. The police pick her up, and the gang sends Chuck to take care of her in the event she may know or disclose something that will implicate the gang.
Premiere Vitaphone short subjects
Tenderloin premiered at the Warners' Theatre in New York City on March 14, 1928.
|Orpheus in der Unterwelt Overture||1927|
|Beniamino Gigli & Giuseppe de Luca in Duet from Act 1 of "The Pearl Fishers" (Les pêcheurs de perles)||1927|
|Abe Lyman and His Orchestra||1928|
|Xavier Cugat and His Gigolos ("A Spanish Ensemble”)||1928|
|Adele Rowland in "Stories in Song"||1928|
Tenderloin was the second Vitaphone feature with talking sequences that Warner Bros. released, five months after The Jazz Singer. The film contained 15 minutes of spoken dialog, and Warners promoted it as the first film in which actors actually spoke their roles. Reportedly, at the film's premiere, the feature was met with derisive laughter as a result of the film's stilted dialogue, resulting in two of the four talking sequences being eliminated during the first week of the film's premiere run.
- Tenderloin at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Tenderloin on Internet Movie Database
- Tenderloin at the TCM Movie Database
- Tenderloin at AllMovie
- Tenderloin at silentera.com
- Tenderloin Vitaphone soundtrack disk reel 1 at SoundCloud
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