|Romance of the Underworld|
|Directed by||Irving Cummings|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Douglas Z. Doty (screenplay)|
Garrett Graham (intertitles)
|Story by||Douglas Z. Doty|
|Based on||A Romance of the Underworld|
by Paul Armstrong
|Edited by||Frank Hull|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|68 minutes; 7 reels (6,162 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Romance of the Underworld is a 1928 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation. Directed by Irving Cummings and starring Mary Astor, it was based upon 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.
- Mary Astor as Judith Andrews
- Ben Bard as Derby Dan Manning
- Robert Elliott as Edwin Burke
- John Boles as Stephen Ransome
- Oscar Apfel as Champagne Joe
- Helen Lynch as Blonodie Nell
- William H. Tooker as Asa Jenks
- William Benge as Bartender
- Maurice Black as Maitre D'
- Sherry Hall as Pianist
- John Kelly as window cleaner
The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, formed by the film industry in 1922, regulated the content of films through a list of subjects that were to be avoided. While Mary Astor portrayed a prostitute in Romance of the Underworld, this was acceptable as prostitution was not explicitly barred so long as it was not forced (i.e., white slavery) and aspects of her work was not shown in the film. Here the work of Astor's character is ambiguously described as being a "hostess."
- Campbell, Russell (1997). "Prostitution and Film Censorship in the USA". Screening the Past (2): C/6. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Progressive Silent Film List: Romance of the Underworld at silentera.com
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
- The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Romance of the Underworld