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Manslaughter (1922)

 -  Drama  -  24 September 1922 (USA)
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Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lydia Thorne
Thomas Meighan ...
Daniel J. O'Bannon
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Evans (Lydia's maid)
John Miltern ...
Gov. Stephan Albee
George Fawcett ...
Judge Homans
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Mrs. Drummond
Edythe Chapman ...
Adeline Bennett
Jack Mower ...
Drummond (policeman)
Dorothy Cumming ...
Eleanor Bellington
Casson Ferguson ...
Bobby Dorest
Michael D. Moore ...
Dicky Evans (as Mickey Moore)
James Neill ...
Butler
Sylvia Ashton ...
Prison matron
Raymond Hatton ...
Brown
Mabel Van Buren ...
Prisoner
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Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

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For the rich and poor, the beautiful and plain-there's only one law! She has broken it and must pay! See more »

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Der Staatsanwalt  »

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$385,000 (estimated)
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Sometimes sighted by historians and film critics as one of Cecil B. deMille's worst films. Robert S. Birchard attributes a bout of debilitating rheumatic fever that deMille was hit with while on a trip to Europe right before the film went into production. See more »

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Lydia's Chaperon: Make Dan keep an eye on her, Eleanor. If she will show up for anybody, she will for him - but as her chaperon, I won't stay and be party to such goings on!
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Your basic programmer magazine story film
25 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Pretentious, preachy, magazine-style "sob story" film delivers on all its basic promises, which are few. There's the obligatory "Roman Orgy" scene, of course. Well, the "hero" is, although he's the D.A., inexplicably hanging out at a "bootlegger" party, and he starts spouting off about how awful it all is -- girls racing on pogo sticks!!! -- just like ancient Rome. He comes off as self-righteous and boring. Later on in the film, he becomes a self-righteous, boring drunk, and the girl he sent to prison for manslaughter "saves" him (!). Best scene: the cop on the bike flipping over a car.


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