Review: ‘The Drag Net’

The Drag Net, for its swiftness and tenseness, may reflect more credit upon its cutter than the remainder of the technical staff. It's cut with incredible swiftness at times, all-in action and no sequence prolonged.

The Drag Net, for its swiftness and tenseness, may reflect more credit upon its cutter than the remainder of the technical staff. It’s cut with incredible swiftness at times, all-in action and no sequence prolonged.

Oliver H.P. Garrett, who wrote the corking story [Nightstick], has an interesting tale of cops vs crooks, the latter in a gang with William Powell their sardonic and cynical leader. Twist is where the gang gets the best of it, through framing George Bancroft, as the captain of detectives, into believing he killed one of his own men, Donovan.

That leads Bancroft to resign after he has started a furious drive to clean up Gangville, giving the crooks 24 hours to leave town. Among the crooks is a girlfriend of Powell’s. Bancroft falls for her and she for him, the girl walking out on the crook leader after seeing how the chief detective operates with his two-gun stuff.

Bancroft is strong as the bulldog detective. Evelyn Brent is the girl, always doing well in playing but not always looking so well.

The Drag Net

Production

Paramount. Director Josef von Sternberg; Screenplay Jules Furthman, Charles Furthman, Herman J. Mankiewicz; Camera Harold Rosson; Art Director Hans Dreier

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

George Bancroft Evelyn Brent William Powell Fred Kohler Francis MacDonald Leslie Fenton
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