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Red Lily (1924)

Passed | | Drama | 8 September 1924 (USA)
Two young lovers escape their past lives to Paris until fate separates them.



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Complete credited cast:
Frank Currier ...
Mitchell Lewis ...
Rosita Marstini ...
Madame Charpied (as Risita Marstini)
Sidney Franklin ...
Madame Charpied's Husband
Milla Davenport ...
Dick Sutherland ...


In the French provincial town of Vivonne, Jean Leonnec, the son of Mayor Hugo Leonnec, and Marise La Noue, the daughter of a cobbler, were childhood sweethearts, they who are largely oblivious to anything or anyone else around them when they are together in their continued love for each other. His father does not approve of the relationship because of their class differences. When her father passes away leaving her impoverished, Jean and Marise decide to run off to Paris together and get married against his father's wishes. Once in Paris, they are separated out of circumstance, each believing their separation the result of a different reason which may or may not be reality. In addition to searching for each other, they have to survive in unfamiliar surroundings. Beyond actually finding each other, they getting together again as a couple may be affected by their individual experiences in Paris, which fundamentally changes each as a person. Written by Huggo

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A young man of wealth has been disinherited by his father for falling in love with a girl of poor parents and has fled with her to Paris. They lose each other there, and are drawn into the underworld. Years later the man, now a thief sought by the police, is lured into the room of a woman of the streets. In her room he recognizes the lost sweetheart of his youth. At the same instant she realizes that this disreputable gamin before her is the lost idol of her dreams. The final reunion of the lovers makes a climax of unutterable suspense. See more »




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Release Date:

8 September 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den røde Lilje  »

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(2005 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Bo-Bo: Why worry about *one* woman? There are plenty more in Paris.
Jean Leonnec: None like her... she has the face of an angel!
Bo-Bo: I know... I had one like that... once.
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What Silent Movies Are All About
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Red Lily is the story of a boy (Ramon Novarro) and a girl (Enid Bennett) who fall in love. His father does not approve of their potentially marrying because she is poor and has lost her father. However, the two plan to wed anyway and the father disowns his son. Problems arise with the father that tears them apart, often just steps away from finding each other but to no avail. Their lives change drastically in the process, the girl turning to prostitution to make a living and the boy teaming up with a thief named Bobo (Wallace Beery) and running from the law.

The plot of the film is brilliantly done; there is plenty of tension throughout the film which puts the audience's emotions into overdrive. The film was shot extremely well; every frame is a work of art. The tinting is not overdone at all either. The characters are very likable, thanks to the wonderful acting by the cast. Bennett is appropriately tragic and sweet, but not in a bland way. She makes a very traditional role into something special. Novarro is great making his transition from a devoted protector to a paranoid hardened man of the streets. Beery is at his best here; every expression is a delight to watch. He balances humor and sincerity very well.

Scott Salinas provides a gorgeous and perfect score for the TCM presentation of the film. He truly understand the art of bringing emotion to a scene; he managed to make every note blend excellently with the fabric of the story.

This is silent movie making at its best, and thanks to an awesome restoration, new audiences can begin to appreciate Hollywood history.

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