Like a time bomb, a ticker-tape telegraph plays a major role in this suspense-filled saga. Rough, rowdy Bancroft plays a market manipulator who heads a pool of investors. Jeering at the "suckers" who lose their patrimony through his machinations, Bancroft little suspects that he may lose at love. When Bancroft succeeds in cornering the copper market--where...read more
Like a time bomb, a ticker-tape telegraph plays a major role in this suspense-filled saga. Rough, rowdy Bancroft plays a market manipulator who heads a pool of investors. Jeering at the "suckers" who lose their patrimony through his machinations, Bancroft little suspects that he may lose
at love. When Bancroft succeeds in cornering the copper market--where his partner in the financial pool, Lukas, failed in the attempt--Bancroft taunts his proud partner. Angered, Lukas plots vengeance. He seduces Baclanova, Bancroft's social-striving immigrant wife, a one-time trapeze performer.
Carroll, Baclanova's maid, observes the adulterous affair with distaste. Privy to the secrets of the business, Carroll feeds financial information to her boy friend, Rankin, who invests his savings in copper and wins heavily. Reinvesting his winnings in the same market, Rankin loses everything and
more when Bancroft's manipulations force the market down, his pool having sold short. When his margin is called, Rankin embezzles from his firm, but he is caught and jailed. The angry Carroll confronts Bancroft, blaming him for her lover's troubles. When the vulpine Bancroft laughs at her, Carroll
discloses his wife's affair with Lukas. Bancroft exacts revenge in a characteristic fashion: he buys out his other partners, then once again manipulates the market. As Lukas and Baclanova register mounting alarm, Bancroft calmly waits until the market peaks, then announces to the perfidious pair
that they are penniless. Walking on Wall Street, he meets Carroll and Rankin. Bancroft's vengeful manipulations have inadvertently made Rankin a fortune, and the two intend to wed. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET quietly sees the happy couple depart. Bancroft, who usually played gangster roles, here has
his meatiest part; he does the role full justice in what is generally regarded as his finest film performance. Baclanova--who often used only her surname in her film credits--here has her first speaking part. The Russian-born actress was to play a trapeze performer again in her best-known role,
that of the mercenary circus girl who marries a midget for his money in Tod Browning's classic horror film, FREAKS (1932).
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