The Slim Princess is a 1920 American comedy film starring Mabel Normand, directed by Victor Schertzinger, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and written by Gerald C. Duffy based on a musical play ... See full summary »

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The Slim Princess is a 1920 American comedy film starring Mabel Normand, directed by Victor Schertzinger, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and written by Gerald C. Duffy based on a musical play of the same name by Henry Blossom and Leslie Stuart, which was from a story by George Ade. The picture is a Goldwyn Pictures Corporation production with a supporting cast featuring Hugh Thompson, Tully Marshall, Russ Powell, Lillian Sylvester and Harry Lorraine. The cinematographer was George Webber and future director Henry Hathaway was a 22-year-old prop boy on the set. The film's survival status is classified as unknown, which suggests that it is a lost film.

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The Slim Princess (1920) -- Tragic Loss
7 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1920 comedy/drama starring Mabel Normand and produced by Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, tragically now remains a lost silent, and all I can offer the reader is this original, lengthy film review.

"The Slim Princess" gets over as a fairly entertaining comedy because of Mabel Normand's very capable work in a few sequences where she is given opportunities for the type of horseplay, which she can do so well. The story of this is very weak as slim as its leading character in fact and doesn't hold up the interest at all times the way a good comedy should. However, the work is aided considerably by the rather fanciful production given it. The exteriors, the majority of which are laid in one of those mythical kingdoms, Morovenia in this instance are attractive and the interiors no less tasteful. As a result, "The Slim Princess is always appealing to the eye and now and then to the visibilities.

The best sequence in the entire picture comes when the heroine, the slim princess; who has the misfortune to live in a kingdom where to be beautiful is to be fat dons an inflated rubber suit and endeavors to match her ample sister before the eyes of admiring swains. A subtitle which uses the line..."a full blown woman" also adds to the gaiety. There are also some good bits in this sequence between the star and Tully Marshall who appears as her tutor.

The plot is simple in the extreme. Kalora, the slim princess, is unfashionable because she is under weight. Under the law of the kingdom, her younger and exceedingly stout sister cannot marry until she is disposed of. The rubber suit is tried on Kalora and things are going famously until she bumps into a plant with sharp leaves. Thereupon she actually shrinks before the horror-stricken eyes of the young man who previously admired her.

Kalora meets Pike, an American, who is the first one to admire her for her lack of fat. Later Kalora is sent to America by her father, who thinks possibly that some new-fangled health food will improve her. She again meets Pike there and their romance develops. There is a good laugh when Kalora returned home decked out in all the latest styles with her tutor wearing checks in his suit. And then they conclude with another good sequence when Pike comes to ask for her hand. The father mistakes which daughter he means and trots out fat one at first but matters are finally straightened out and everyone is happy.

They have left this story just about, as George Ade wrote it and certain it is that he never wrote it for a picture. The rest of the cast including Hugh Thompson, Russ Powell, Lillian Sylvester, Harry Lorraine and Pomerny Cannon performs averagely but evince small comedy spirit.


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