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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
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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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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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(tinted)| (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

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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

Molly Helmer: Say, what do you mean pulling that cheek-to-cheek stuff in public?
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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luminous and poignant
26 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this silent film at the SF Silent Film Festival in 2004 as well, and it was the highlight of the festival for me. Norma Shearer at her best, and Monta Bell absolutely brilliant. I was amazed by how the narrative was so well told through multiple simple, powerful visual moments, and succinct, thoughtful words. The print was beautiful and crisp.

I hope this film comes out on DVD. It's a silent film that is so subtle, contemporary, and accessible that it defies some stereotypes of silent films as overly dramatic gesturing fests.


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