A burlesque dancer overcomes the puritanism of a repressed small town.



(as H.R. Durant), (play) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview:
Lucille Le Jambon, aka Lucy Higgins
Jere Austin ...
Rev. David Grayling
Walter Law ...
John Griswold
Bob Griswold (as Bob La Rock)
Ben Hendricks Sr. ...
Sam Lipman
Bert Snyder
Agnes Marc ...
Flossie Day
Claire Higgins


A burlesque dancer overcomes the puritanism of a repressed small town.

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Comedy | Drama




Release Date:

1 December 1918 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A Perfect Lady (1918) - Lost Silent ?
22 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dancer Lucille Le Jambon (whose real name is Lucy Higgins) ( Madge Kennedy ) loses her job when the morals committee of Sycamore, Kansas, headed by the self-righteous Deacon John Griswold ( Walter Law ), forces the Merry Models Burlesque show to close. Having grown fond of Sycamore, Lucy opens a combined ice cream parlour and dance hall, where she teaches the young people all the latest dances. Rev. David Grayling ( Jere Austin ) becomes acquainted with Lucy and discovers that she dances in order to pay for her sister Claire's ( Mae McAvoy ) education. Bewitched by Lucy's charms and convinced that her character is sound, the minister falls in love with her. Deacon Griswold, however, intensifies his morality campaign, threatening to run Lucy out of town immediately following his business trip to Chicago. When Lucy learns that Griswold is visiting a fellow chorus girl there, she has him filmed with the dancer in his lap and later shows the film to the entire population of Sycamore. As Griswold sneaks out the door, the minister announces that Lucy has agreed to be his wife.

New York Times 1918 - What pleasure there is in the photoplay is added to that afforded by Miss Kennedy's acting. Miss Kennedy is one of the comparatively few screen players who would be a star whether she was advertised as such or not. Though she has never displayed any great versatility, she is a remarkable pantomimist in what she does attempt, and gives the impression that her talent is capable of further development. This impression is strengthened by her performance in "A Perfect Lady," which seems to reach out beyond anything she has done before. And, of course, she is, as always, a delightful person to look upon. Her supporting company is also to be commended, especially Walter Law, Harry Spingler, and Mae McAvoy.

Sadly the survival status of this 1918 comedy/drama is listed as unknown, suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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