The Beautiful City (1925 film)

The Beautiful City is a 1925 American drama film directed by Kenneth Webb and starring Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Gish, and William Powell.[1] For their mother's sake, a man takes the blame for a robbery committed by his brother and his brother's gangster boss.

The Beautiful City
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Directed byKenneth Webb
Written byC. Graham Baker (screenplay and titles)
Don Bartlett (screenplay and titles)
Violet E. Powell (adaptation)
Story byEdmund Goulding
StarringRichard Barthelmess
Dorothy Gish
William Powell
CinematographyStuart Kelson
Roy Overbaugh
Edited byWilliam Hamilton
Inspiration Pictures
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • October 25, 1925 (1925-10-25)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Mordaunt Hall gave a generally unfavorable review in The New York Times, calling The Beautiful City "quite a disappointing production. ... the story would have to be greatly improved to make it entertaining."[2] However, he did note that, "William Powell makes the villainy as impressive as possible."[2]


With no prints of The Beautiful City located in any film archives,[3] it is a lost film.


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Beautiful City at
  2. ^ a b Mordaunt Hall (November 23, 1925). "The Screen". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Beautiful City

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