"Four Walls" 1928
Cast: John Gilbert, Joan Crawford (as Frieda), Vera Gordon, Carmel Myers,
An underworld romance, surrounding the arrest of Benny (John Gilbert) and his subsequent stint in jail. He gives his fellow
gang member, Monk (Louis Natheaux) the job of taking over for him as gang leader, and throws his girlfriend, Frieda (Joan)
in as a bonus. Despite Monk (Louis Natheaux) wanting nothing to do with Frieda (Joan), she pursues him to make Benny (John
Gilbert) jealous, she even publicly announces their engagement at a party. As a rival gang crashes in on the party, Benny
(John Gilbert) escapes with Bertha (Carmel Myers), and they run across rooftops to escape the angry mob behind them.
Box Office Receipts: $803,000
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George Gerhard, of the New York Evening World, saw Joan's performance as a sign of things to come, saying, "It isn't
often that a supporting player manages to steal a picture right from under the nose of John Gilbert...But that's what happens
in Four Walls...For Joan Crawford simply walks off with it. Not that Gilbert isn't very far behind her. ...[The picture] will
go a long way toward lifting Miss Crawford to a point nearer the top of Hollywood circles, a point toward which she has been
rapidly climbing the last year or two."
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