Fine Manners is a 1926 American black-and-white silent comedy film directed initially by Lewis Milestone and completed by Richard Rosson for Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount Pictures. After ... See full summary »
Nadine Gathway ( Gloria Swanson ), unable to abide her priggish husband, leaves home and drops out of sight for 20 years. When Mr. Gathway dies, he leaves his huge fortune to his daughter, Joyce ( Gloria Swanson ), on the condition that she never become involved in scandal. Joyce becomes interested in Larry Fay ( Anthony Jowitt ), whose wife sues her for alienation of affections. In Paris, Nadine, who has become the Countess De Tauro, hears of the scandal and returns to the United States, intent on helping the daughter she once deserted. Nadine involves Mrs. Fay in a wild and compromising party and "blackmails" her into withdrawing her suit. Nadine then returns to her understanding husband, and Joyce awaits Larry, who is divorcing his wife.
Photoplay Magazine, November 1925 - Gloria Swanson once more in modern clothes and a society scandal. It's a light story of the perils of Palm Beach, neatly sandwiched with some snappy episodes of the sort that have made Allan Dwan famous. The picture will be discussed for two reasons: One is a scene in which Gloria wears galoshes . The other is Gloria's portrayal of the gay old woman, worn by life but clutching at youth. But unfortunately, the mother in the story couldn't have been a day over forty-five. And a modern woman of forty-five is a mere flapper. Occasionally, too, her face assumes a youngish expression, that is not in character. In spite of its flaws and frailties, it's the sort of picture people want Gloria to play.
This 1925 drama was based on the novel, The Coast of Folly by Conigsby William Dawson and directed by Allan Dwan. Popular silent cinema star Gloria Swanson played a dual role as mother and daughter. Filmed on locations in Florida and produced by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, sadly it now remains a lost film.
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