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Lady of the Night (1925)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 23 February 1925 (USA)
A world-weary prostitute yearns after respectability and the love of an inventor.

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Cast

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Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
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David Page (as Malcolm Mac Gregor)
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Miss Carr - Florence's Aunt
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'Chunky' Dunn
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Judge Banning
Lew Harvey ...
Chris Helmer - Molly's Father
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Molly's Friend
Betty Morrissey ...
Gertie - Molly's Other Friend (as Betty Morrisey)
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Storyline

Lady of the Night ~ the story of two baby girls, born near in proximity, but worlds apart in life, - Molly Helmer, the daughter of a thief, and Florence Banning the daughter of the judge who would send Molly's father to prison. The girls' lives come together as young women at eighteen as Florence leaves the security of the exclusive Girls Select School, and Molly, now orphaned, begins her life free from reform school. Norma Shearer plays both young women, but the apparent differences in their worldliness will also make them most unfamiliar in appearance. Molly's new world consists of nights at Kelly's Dance Hall and her ever-present worshiper, Chunky Dunn. On one of her nightly dance hall outing's Molly meets David Page, an up and coming inventor, whom she quickly falls in love with. Molly persuades David to seek an honest buyer for his new safe-cracking device; against the advice of Chunky whose shadier side see's this as an opportunity for himself, and to corrupt David in the ... Written by glenn

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Drama | Romance

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23 February 1925 (USA)  »

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A Ave Nocturna  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, you see more than Joan Crawford's backside in this film. When Maddy and Florence are sitting in the back of the car, that's not a split screen or double exposure of Norma Shearer. If you look carefully at their profiles you can see a difference in their noses, and the one on the right is Joan Crawford as Molly, in Molly's heavy make-up. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Molly is in her bedroom, sitting in front of her dressing table, imagining what it would be like to travel out west with Chunky. There are two close-ups where the elaborate feathers in her hat are on the left side of her head, while they are on the right side of her head in all other shots. See more »

Quotes

'Chunky' Dunn: I'll marry you if you want me to.
Molly Helmer: Don't be so reckless.
'Chunky' Dunn: It's that Dave guy. Watch him give you the gate after he sells that invention
Molly Helmer: He won't! He won't!
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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Monta Bell and Shearer
3 May 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Monta Bell and Norma Shearer had an actress-director collaboration as important as that of Von Sternberg and Dietrich. And deeper. For while Sternberg never tired of exploring the planes of Dietrich's face, Bell explored Shearer's soul -- and through her, explored the moral nature of American women in the pivotal decade of the 1920s. All three of their extant films are to be cherished, but this is their absolute masterpiece.


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