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Director Roland West was a moody and mysterious Hollywood character, who insisted upon making his pictures in utter secrecy and filming only at night. This may explain the overall foreboding atmosphere of Roland West, West's first talking picture. Chester Morris portrays a ruthless gangster who must establish an alibi after pulling off a warehouse robbery. Regis Toomey and Pat O'Malley are the detectives assigned to get the goods on Morris. Full of vicious bravado when he's on top of a situation, Morris turns into a craven coward when he's trapped--but not before coldbloodedly gunning down true-blue policeman Toomey, who then launches into one the longest and most lachrymose death scenes in the history of movies. Roland West was based on the play Nightstick, written by John Wray, J.C. Nugent and Elaine Sterne. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chester Morris Best Actor 1928 Nominee

Cast

Chester Morris
as Chick Williams (No. 1065)
Harry Stubbs
as Buck Bachman
Mae Busch
as Daisy Manning
Eleanor Griffith
as Joan Manning
Irma Harrison
as Toots
Regis Toomey
as Danny McGann
Al Hill
as Brown
Elmer Ballard
as Soft Malone
Kernan Cripps
as Trask
Purnell Pratt
as Pete Manning
Pat O'Malley
as Tommy Glennon
DeWitt Jennings
as O'Brien
Virginia Flohri
as Singer
Edward Jardon
as Singer
Diana Beaumont
James Bradbury
as Blake
Ed Brady
as George Stanislaus David
James Bradbury
as Blake

Crew

Roland West
Director
Roland West
Producer
Elaine Sterne Carrington
Play Author
Roland West
Screenwriter
John Griffith Wray
Play Author
C. Gardner Sullivan
Screenwriter
Ray June
Cinematographer
Hugo Riesenfeld
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Kern
Editor
William Cameron Menzies
Art Director
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