Four Walls (film)

Four Walls is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by William Nigh and starring John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, and Carmel Myers. The film is based on the play of the same name by George Abbott and Dana Burnet.[2] Four Walls is now considered lost.[1]

Four Walls
Directed byWilliam Nigh
Written byAlice D. G. Miller
Joseph Farnham (titles)
Screenplay byGeorge Abbott
Based onFour Walls
by George Abbott and Dana Burnet
StarringJohn Gilbert
Joan Crawford
Vera Gordon
Carmel Myers
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 11, 1928 (1928-08-11)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Benny Horowitz (John Gilbert), a reformed gangster, proposes marriage to Bertha (Carmel Myers), a neighbor who had been a frequent visitor while he served his sentence. Bertha rejects his proposal because she believes that he is still in love with Freida (Joan Crawford), Benny's former gun moll. During a party in which Freida seeks to make Benny jealous with a former rival, Benny again takes control of the gang's leadership. After his rival's death is ruled accidental, Benny and Bertha go off together and start a new life.



  1. Golden, Eve (2013). John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars. University Press of Kentucky. p. 172. ISBN 0-813-14163-X.
  2. Four Walls at

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