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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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 »
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 »
TCM premiered this Ramon Novarro - Enid Bennett silent film, The Red Lily, on March 26, 2006. The print was very good to excellent, switching from black and white to an orange tint for night scenes. The new musical score by Scott Salinas, who did the new score for Lon Chaney's Laugh, Clown, Laugh was very fine, and appropriate for the mood of the film.
It was a pleasure to see a silent film with Enid Bennett. She was married to the director, Fred Niblo, and she obviously worked well with him. Not too many of her silent films survive or are available for viewing. Her performance was exceptional here and reminded me of Lillian Gish in The Scarlet Letter. Ramon Novarro had a real juicy part he could sink his teeth into, and he gave an outstanding performance, one year before his starring role in 1925's Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ. Wallace Beery does well with a supporting role as a gambling friend of Ramon's character.
The plot revolves around a couple who had been childhood sweethearts. When the girl's father dies she is sent to live with relatives who abuse her. Rushing back home to a deserted house she meets up with her young lover and they fall asleep in front of the fireplace together. When confronted the next morning by the townsfolk they flee to Paris. A set of ironic circumstances separate them and life takes its toll on both of them.
I definitely recommend that you see The Red Lily. I wish all silent films could receive such nice restorations and musical treatments.
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