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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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Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Bonner ...
Gabrielle
Nellie Bly Baker ...
Clara
Carl Miller ...
Howard Blaine
Mary Carr ...
The Matron
Virginia Pearson ...
Mrs. Fontaine
Tyrone Power Sr. ...
Gabrielle's Father (as Tyrone Power)
Sheldon Lewis ...
District Attorney
Theodore von Eltz ...
Freddy - the Chauffeur (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Emily Fitzroy ...
The Housekeeper
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Mr. Mack (as George Seigman)
Dot Farley ...
The Inquisitive One
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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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Red Kimona  »

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The story was based on a true story and Gabrielle Darley was a real person, but producer Dorothy Davenport did not secure her permission to film the events in her life. When Darley, who had since moved on to marry and become an upstanding member of her community, found out that a film of her life had been made without her consent, she sued Davenport and financially ruined her. Matters of invasion of privacy by the media were not clear in 1925, and it's unlikely that Ms. Darley would have been able to win the case nowadays, since most details of the trial were a matter of public record. See more »

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Set in 1917, the fashions and cars are contemporary with 1925, when the film was made. See more »

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Title Card: Three words - I Love You - sometimes as beautiful and sacred as a prayer - sometimes a cowardly lie.
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Lawsuit
1 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was the subject of a landmark California lawsuit. Gabrielle Darley was a former prostitute who had been involved in a prominent murder trial in which she was acquitted. After the trial, she reformed and led an exemplary life. The film makers used her true name in advertising the film and said it was about her life. They also used events from her life prior to the trial. She sued for invasion of privacy, a suit that had been recognized in other states but not in California. Although the California Court of Appeal was not ready to recognize the right of privacy, it held that use of her name and events from her life was a violation of Darley's right to the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed by the California Constitution. The precedent evolved into eventual recognition of the right to privacy in California. (See, Melvin v Reid, 112 Cal. App. 285)


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