Thunderbolt (1929 film)

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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.wikipedia
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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
Gangster films such as Thunderbolt (1929), and Doorway to Hell (1930) were released to capitalize on Underworlds popularity, with Thunderbolt being described as "a virtual remake" of the film.

George Bancroft (actor)

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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 for Thunderbolt, played the title role in The Wolf of Wall Street (1929, released just prior to the Wall Street Crash), and appeared in Paramount's all-star revue Paramount on Parade (1930) and Rowland Brown's Blood Money (1933), condemned by the censors because they feared the film would "incite law-abiding citizens to crime."

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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The film was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Jules and Charles Furthman.
He also did titles for Close Harmony (1929) and The Man I Love (1929) with Jack Oakie, The Studio Murder Mystery (1929), Thunderbolt (1929), The River of Romance (1929), The Saturday Night Kid (1929) with Clara Bow, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929), and The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper.

Jules Furthman

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The film was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Jules and Charles Furthman.
He wrote screenplays for a number of important or popular films, including: The Docks of New York (1928), Thunderbolt (1929), Merely Mary Ann (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), Bombshell (1933), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Come and Get It (1936), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946) and Nightmare Alley (1947).

Academy Award for Best Actor

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Bancroft was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Richard Arlen

Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
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Eugenie Besserer

Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
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Fay Wray

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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
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Tully Marshall

Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.
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Robert Elliott (actor, born 1879)

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Theresa Harris

Theresa Harris as Black Cat Cafe Singer (uncredited)
She made her film debut in Thunderbolt, singing the song "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home" (film clip here): As she entered the 1930s she found herself playing maids to fictitious Southern belles, socialites and female molls played by such actresses as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Thelma Todd, Kay Francis, and Barbara Stanwyck.

William L. Thorne

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George Irving (American actor)

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Josef von Sternberg

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Thunderbolt (also released as At The Gates of Death) is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film directed by directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer. The film was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Jules and Charles Furthman.
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Lew Meehan

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Herman J. Mankiewicz

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The film was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Jules and Charles Furthman.
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Ernie Adams (actor)

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Ed Brady (actor)

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Ed Brady as Chuck - 1st Prisoner #5 (uncredited)