Romance of the Underworld

Romance of the Underworld is a 1928 American silent film drama produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation. Directed by Irving Cummings and starring Mary Astor. It is taken from a stage play called A Romance of the Underworld by Paul Armstrong. A previous version of the story was filmed as A Romance of the Underworld in 1918 by director James Kirkwood with Catherine Calvert in Astor's part. The 1928 film is extant at the Museum of Modern Art.[1][2] And also in a European archive.[3]

Romance of the Underworld
Film poster
Directed byIrving Cummings
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byDouglas Z. Doty (story)
Sidney Lanfield (story)
Douglas Z. Doty (screenplay)
Garrett Graham (intertitles)
Based onA Romance of the Underworld
by Paul Armstrong
StarringMary Astor
CinematographyConrad Wells
Edited byFrank Hull
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 11, 1928 (1928-11-11)
Running time
68 minutes; 7 reels (6,162 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Uncredited roles:

  • William Benge as Bartender
  • Maurice Black as Maitre D'
  • Sherry Hall as Pianist
  • John Kelly as window cleaner
  • Broderick O'Farrell as Attorney
  • Dick Rush as Police assistant
  • Phillips Smalley as John T. Woodring
  • Lottie Williams as Nanny
  • Florence Wix as Cafe supervisor


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Romance of the Underworld at
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  3. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Romance of the Underworld

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