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The Red Kimona (1925)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 November 1925 (USA)
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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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16 November 1925 (USA)  »

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The red kimono of the title appears as a brilliant red. 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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In some ways, very modern and progressive--in others, very old fashioned.
2 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Red Kimona" is a social commentary film that in some ways is very, very, very old fashioned and hokey. Interestingly, on the other hand, it also manages to be very modern in its sensibilities as well! This odd combination of the old and new make for a film that is interesting to watch but not exactly a must-see as far as silent films are concerned.

The film is a piece of social commentary. The subject of the film is a young woman who comes from a horrible home. Her mother and father are wretched jerks and she's longing for love. When she meets a man who says he loves her and wants to marry her, she's thrilled--not knowing that he has no such intentions. Instead, he forces himself on her and then keeps her as a virtual slave. She eventually escapes and later kills him when she discovers he's about to do this same thing to another woman. All this happens early in the film and most of the plot actually involves her life after these tragedies--and how society often fails women like this--treating them like lepers instead of victims. In fact, it's rather frank discussion of this is quite shocking for the times and must have raised a few eyebrows! The movie is interesting due to its social advocacy as well as the sensationalistic actions. However, despite this, the movie also is very preachy (with lots of Biblical references that seem a bit out of place and heavy-handed) and very conventional--like a 19th century play. As a result, it's interesting more as a curio than for its dramatic structure.

Overall verdict--it's worth seeing if you are a fan of silents, but otherwise it's skippable. Not bad, but not great.


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