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The Red Kimona (1925)

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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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Cast

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
...
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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DOES WHITE SLAVERY REALLY EXIST? (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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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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Moving social commentary
11 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film as part of TCM's Women Pioneers in Film series. I have heard a lot about Dorothy Davenport Reid's moral crusade, and was expecting a dry and preachy kind of film. However, the film hardly ever bogs down into preachiness and has enough dramatic momentum to move things along at a good clip. Priscilla Bonner, whom I had only seen in "It", does an excellent job as Gabrielle--we feel sympathy for her plight but she never bogs down in pathos.


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