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The Red Kimona (1925)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 16 November 1925 (USA)
A small town girl finds escape from her cruel home life in the arms of a handsome stranger. Soon she finds herself working as a prostitute in New Orleans, desperately clinging to the belief that he really loves her.

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Gabrielle
Nellie Bly Baker ...
Clara
Carl Miller ...
Howard Blaine
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The Matron
Virginia Pearson ...
Mrs. Fontaine
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Gabrielle's Father (as Tyrone Power)
Sheldon Lewis ...
District Attorney
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Freddy - the Chauffeur (as Theodore Von Eltz)
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The Housekeeper
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Mr. Mack (as George Seigman)
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In THE RED KIMONA, Priscilla Bonner plays Darley, a small town girl who finds escape from her cruel home life in the arms of a handsome stranger. Soon she finds herself working as a prostitute in New Orleans, desperately clinging to the belief that he really loves her. When she discovers him buying an engagement ring for another woman, she shoots him. Her murder trial becomes a cause celebre and Gabrielle finds herself befriended by a rich society woman who professes deep concern for the unfortunate girl. Directed by Dorothy Reid. Written by Anonymous

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16 November 1925 (USA)  »

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This film is based on a real case of prostitution that took place in New Orleans in 1917. See more »

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Then the Woman telling the story is looking at Gabrielle's case file in the opening of the film, the set behind her is clearly a forced-perspective painted backdrop. See more »

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The Inquisitive One: [to Gabrielle] I've been dying to talk to you alone - I just knew we would be drawn to each other. You see I understand so thoroughly - for I, too, have been pursued all my life! My husband can't give me any information about these things - he's like a babe in the woods - - he's a traveling man. Now tell me - is it true that all men - -? - - and do you poor dears have to - -?
[Embarrassed, Gabrielle walks away]
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Interesting Effort Undone By Uninspired Acting
5 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The Red Kimona" is a laudable attempt at addressing a social problem that, alas, is undermined by the cliched performance of its leading lady. It's a rare and interesting effort, produced by actress Dorothy Davenport Reid as part of her ongoing series of dramas addressing societal ills such as drug addiction and prostitution. But, while I believe Priscilla Bonner's performance in the leading role is sincerely felt, she uses almost every expression that's come to represent silent-film acting at its most mechanical. (She's also a dead ringer for Colleen Moore, but, alas, lacks that lady's natural acting instincts.) Her acting actually dates the film more than the settings or subject matter. While the film is certainly worth a look due to its historic import, it won't bear up under repeated viewings.


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