Hank owns horses, stables horses and races horses. He favorite horse always wins and he is prosperous and will known. His son (Bob), however dreams only of the future of the horseless ... See full summary »
Roy Del Ruth
Jean and Marise, two young lovers, are forced from their homes by disapproving parents. To escape the oppression in their homes, the couple flees to Paris. When they arrive, Jean leaves Marise briefly to arrange their wedding when he is arrested for theft from his own father. The couple is irrevocably separated, and their lives deviate into the slums and hard labor of low-class French society. All the while, the two desperately search for their lost love. Written by
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The IMDb credited cast list is based on the 2005 alternate version. That print's credits, however, may have been modified to include Rosita Marstini and Sidney Franklin, both of whom were omitted in the published cast list in The New York Times review of 29 September 1924. See more »
Despite having been given only a "two star" rating by our local newspaper, I decided to watch this recent addition to the TCM collection anyway and I'm glad I did. Although the story does not always flow smoothly and there are flaws in the narrative, The Red Lily is a beautifully told, emotionally driven, story with excellent acting by the three leads -- Enid Bennett; Ramon Novarro,who in this picture again shows what a fine actor he was; and, Wallace Beery providing some comic relief in what is until the very end essentially a tragic tale.
It is Bennett who makes this movie work. She is outstanding in her portrayal of a girl who is transformed from a naive peasant to a harsh and bitter "lady of the streets." This transformation is convincingly done, partly through her physical change, but more importantly through Bennett's skill as an actress. As another commenter has noted, her resemblance to Lillian Gish in physical appearance (except in profile), mannerisms, and acting style is uncanny. That alone is praise enough for any actress.
The direction by Fred Niblo, who was Bennett's husband, is nearly flawless with Niblo using innovative shots, creative lighting, and tinting to reinforce his story. The new musical score is superb and truly enhances the movie.
The Red lily is definitely worth watching even if you are not a fan of the Golden Age of Silents.
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