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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)
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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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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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Drama | Romance

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The film was banned in the United Kingdom by the British Board of Film Censors in 1926. 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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Freddy - the Chauffeur: Well, Pansy, - it's like this. The Queen sent me to tell you she was havin' a coupla dames to tea.
The Housekeeper: Dames - ? - L A D I E S ! !
Freddy - the Chauffeur: You heard me, Violet! I said DAMES!
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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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