Leatherneck, The (1929): Part-Silent, Part-Talkie, William Boyd

In this part-silent, part talkie feature, William Boyd is court-martialed for desertion and murdering a Marine, but he is acquitted at the very last moment by the testimony of his Russian wife.

Scripted by Elliott, who’s better known for adapting to the big screen Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera for the famous Lon Chaney version of 1925.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Writing Achievement: Elliott Clawson

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The Academy announced only winners, not nominees. The winner of the Writing Achievement was Hans Kraly for The Patriot.