- Original title
- Running time
- 107 min.
- United States
Abram S. Ginnes (Novel: Ben Hecht)
Richard H. Kline
The Mirisch Production Company
- Synopsis / Plot
- To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up.
: 3 Nominations for Oscar. Best Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Keith)
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Comedy Screenplay
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