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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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Wealth and Beauty Laugh at Laws See more »

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$385,000 (estimated)
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Leatrice Joy claimed to have based her performance on Madelynne Obenchain, whose trial she attended in Los Angeles. Obenchain, who murdered her (unreceptive) paramour J. Belton Kennedy in Los Angeles, later had her story incorporated into a film, "A Man and a Million", produced by Charles R. Seeling and starring her husband, Ralph Obenchain. See more »

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Mrs. Drummond: It's fine, isn't it, for you to hide yourself from justice behind that veil - but what about this veil that you've made me wear? Your money can't give back my boy!
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Leatrice Joy triumphs in this highly moral, but still decadent, DeMille delight!
27 April 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The greatest pleasure of this fun DeMille classic is the sublime performance of the radiant Leatrice Joy. From the great opening shot, of her speeding along in her roadster, to the final clinch, she eats up the screen with her energy and, dare I say it, joy of living! Joy was more than just a substitute for Gloria Swanson in DeMille's films - she brought a different sort of vigour to her roles, a true Jazz Age energy that Clara Bow would later build upon. She is certainly an actress that deserves to be re-discovered.

The story, of a shallow fun-loving rich girl discovering that the true meaning of life is service to others, is rather too moral to be taken seriously - especially as DeMille can't help creating two completely gratuitous, but highly enjoyable, "flash-backs" to Ancient Rome, featuring wild orgies (and even a lesbian kiss!!). It's the usual clash between DeMille's fascination with sex and sado-masochism and his need to moralise against such things.

It all adds up to a visually stunning entertainment. Don't miss it!


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