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8.75 /10
James Murray, Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach
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Directed by: King Vidor
Written by: King Vidor, John V.A. Weaver, Harry Behn

Released: 1928
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 98

A working man (James Murray) struggles for survival in the big city, but gets little support from his wife (Eleanor Boardman).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A landmark in silent film: a film which paid attention to the common man without patronising or (as in the case of Chaplin) sentimentalising him. Though impressively realistic in many ways, the film failed to find an audience. Movie historians since have tended to blame the public for not being able to cope with reality; but the characters are dull, and the film is a little too relentlessly depressing.

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