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The Red Kimona (1925);
My Lady's Lips (1925)

The Red Kimona (1925)
July 22, 2006 - 7:30 pm

The Red Kimona  (1925)

Director Dorothy Arzner's screenplay adaptation of Adela Rogers St. John's sensational story emphasizes women's extreme and often impossible dilemmas.  Young Gabrielle Darley has been lured into prostitution by a man who trifled with her emotions…and whom she ultimately murders.  Becoming the ward of a self-aggrandizing socialite, Gabrielle sees another dead end and only wishes to better herself, but she faces many trials in transcending her status as a symbol.

Mrs. Wallace Reid Productions.  Producer: Dorothy Davenport.  Director: Walter Lang.  Screenwriter: Dorothy Arzner.  Based on a story by Adela Rogers St. John.  With: Priscilla Bonner, Thodore von Eltz, Tyrone Power, Carl Miller, Emily Fitzroy.  35mm, b/w, silent, 77 min.

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation, George Eastman House and UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of Saving the Silents, a Save America's Treasures project organized by the National Film Preservation Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Parks Service, Department of the Interior

My Lady's Lips (1925)

Directed by James P. Hogan

Perhaps best known as the dapper, urbane, martini-swilling leading man of the '30s Thin Man films, William Powell's first film role in Hollywood came by way of this fast-paced crime drama produced by B. P. Schulberg for his own independent production company.

Powell, who welcomed the chance to play a sympathetic character after being typecast in villainous roles, plays star newspaper reporter Scott Seddon. Seddon is called on by the paper's editor to infiltrate a gambling ring that is trying to blackmail his daughter. Lola (Clara Bow). While Lola falls for Seddon. he in turn falls for Rita (Alyce Mills). a gang member toughened by the hard knocks of her early childhood. The film's female lead. Alyce Mills. seems to have had a short-lived but busy career, making 17 films in a three-year period, before retiring in 1928 and drifting into obscurity.

On the other hand, Bow, the former Brooklyn beauty contest winner, became a Hollywood legend. At the time, Bow was under contract to Schulberg who cast her in a dizzying number of low-budget films like this one before she rocketed to stardom with IT two years later. According to Bow biographer. David Stenn ("Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild"), "like all of Schulberg's Preferred Productions, the film was 'state-righted' and thus followed no general release pattern; and since Clara Bow soon became a huge star, it was still playing in theatres as late as 1927 to capitalize on [her celebrity)."

–Mimi Brody

Universal. Producer: B.P. Schulberg. Scenario: John Goodrich. Cinematographer: Allen Siegler. Cast: Alyce Mills, William Powell, Clara Bow, Frank Keenan.

35mm, silent, 68 min.

Preserved from two 35mm nitrate prints. laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film laboratory, YCM laboratories. Special thanks to: David W. Packard, David Stenn.

Preceded by:

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation and The Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc.

Her Great Mistake

Edited and titled by Hal Hodes

Reciprocity Films/Short Films Syndicate, Inc. Part of the "Twisted Tales" series. With Dennis Cowles. Ivy King, Mary Davis.

35mm. silent. 9 min.