Monday, January 9, 2017

Thunderbolt (1929)

Academy Awards, USA 1930

Best Actor in a Leading Role
George Bancroft
No official nominees had been announced this year.

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Lumbering gangster George Bancroft, whose punch has earned him his nickname, has his girlfriend Fay Wray followed home from a nightclub. He becomes incensed when he finds out she is living with a bank clerk. She sets him up for the police, who almost bungle the arrest, but he is sentenced to death row. He frames her boyfriend for murder and has him put in a cell next to him. Intending to murder him before his own execution, Fay shows up to convince him otherwise. Bancroft's monotone delivery makes his best actor nomination something of a head scratcher.

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