I did not know that Josef von Sternberg was that good that early in his career. I had this idea (and i was obviously mistaken) that he owned a lot to Dietrich. Maybe it was actually the other way around. This "Underworld" is way better than any other silent gangster film (W.Wellman included). The rythm, the acting, great editing and great sens of detail. Instant classic and top-ranked untertainment.