The Earl Of Chicago

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

Another offbeat but gripping performance from Montgomery who is a ruthless Chicago gangster suddenly informed that he has inherited an estate and title in England. The "deese, dems, and dose" hoodlum travels to England to pick up his "loot" but stays on in a vain attempt to take his place in the peerage. Gwenn is his patient valet and adviser in the ways...read more

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Another offbeat but gripping performance from Montgomery who is a ruthless Chicago gangster suddenly informed that he has inherited an estate and title in England. The "deese, dems, and dose" hoodlum travels to England to pick up his "loot" but stays on in a vain attempt to take his place

in the peerage. Gwenn is his patient valet and adviser in the ways of aristocratic manners and customs, none of which Montgomery masters as he fractures the language, inadvertently insults nobles, and bumbles his way through a world he cannot understand. When he is betrayed in a scheme, his normal

compunction to violence explodes, and he disposes of his antagonist. Later tried in the House of Lords where he admits his crime, he shouts, "He ratted on me." Montgomery is sentenced to death. He goes to the scaffold at film's end--as downbeat a finale as Montgomery's fate in HERE COMES MR.

JORDAN was upbeat. Arnold gives a powerful performance as an honest attorney sent to prison on a framed case. Director Thorpe keeps the film moving through comedic and dramatic scenes, and there are moments when Montgomery's personality turns almost as sinister as the unforgettable killer he

played in NIGHT MUST FALL. Saville had produced only one other film in Hollywood up to this time, a programmer in 1930 for poverty-row studio Tiffany, but he had since gone on to head such British-produced blockbusters as THE CITADEL and GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS.

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