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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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Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
Malcolm McGregor ...
David Page (as Malcolm Mac Gregor)
Dale Fuller ...
Miss Carr - Florence's Aunt
George K. Arthur ...
'Chunky' Dunn
Fred Esmelton ...
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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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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A Ave Nocturna  »

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Trivia

Joan Crawford is the uncredited body double for Norma Shearer. Norma plays two roles in the film. When ever both characters are in the same scene, Joan plays the role that has her backside to the camera. 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

Florence Banning: Isn't it thrilling to be a successful inventor? Would you let a mere woman come and see your workshop?
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Shearer is gorgeous and beautifully directed.
11 July 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

A new print of this film was screened in San Francisco at the July 2004 Silent Film Festival, with live original piano accompaniment. For Shearer fans, an unbelievable treat. She plays two roles, displaying a unique sensitivity to each character's situation. Even though the script is sparse, Monta Bell's direction and usage of prolonged portrait shots pulls the viewer into a deep understanding of the parallel stories. For trivia fans: Norma really had her eyes under control for this one! There are more 3/4 and full-faced shots than I have ever seen or could hope for. She more than deserves the on-going introduction of, "The lovely Norma Shearer." We must have a DVD of this one!


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