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The film was called The Wolf of Wall Street in the Motion Picture Herald "In the Cutting Room " review. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Republic had just purchased "an original" from Louis Weitzenkorn inspired by the trial of underworld figure Jimmy Hines. Weitzenkorn was not credited onscreen, in Screen Achievements Bulletin or in reviews and it is possible that the studio purchased the title but never used any of the original story. The trial of Hines, the result of work by New York special prosecutor, then district attorney (and later governor and presidential candidate) Thomas E. Dewey, was in the news frequently from 1938 through 1940. Though gambling and corruption were issues raised at Hines' trial, the film Wolf of New York has little more than a passing similarity to the case.