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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Women Behind Bars
11 October 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Thomas Meighan (as Daniel J. O'Bannon) is a district attorney in love with "speed-mad" Leatrice Joy (as Lydia Thorne). Mr. Meighan loves Ms. Joy, "for the girl he thinks she could be," but not the geared up speed freak she is. One day, Joy takes her sporty car out to race a locomotive, and wins! Later, cop Jack Mower (as Jim Drummond) stops her; but, Ms. Joy drops him a diamond necklace, and speeds off to party. Lois Wilson (as Evans) is Joy's maid; to save her ailing son, she steals a jeweled ring from Joy. After Ms. Wilson is sent to the pokey, Joy commits manslaughter. Will D.A. Meighan let her get off?

Bacchannalian parties, which alternate between present and ancient Roman debauches, is a sure sign Cecil B. DeMille is directing. The O'Bannon character's flashbacks to ancient Rome are ludicrous DeMille indulgences. The better indulgence is the generous time DeMille's camera spends in a prison for women; his female prisoners are a lively bunch! The performances are sometimes entertaining, especially Joy and Wilson. Meighan starts off slow, but eventually succumbs to degradation. While fun is spots, this is NOT a great film. The love between Meighan and Joy is not particularly convincing; he shows more interest in Wilson, and might have been wise to run off with her. The story is sometimes inexplicable.

Symbolism likens a doughnut to a life preserver - so, why not a wheel? Coin collectors might enjoy the change in Meighan's pocket when he's down and out - two buffalo nickels and a standing liberty quarter.

***** Manslaughter (1922) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Thomas Meighan, Leatrice Joy, Lois Wilson


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