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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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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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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is notable for being one of the few independent productions produced and written by women. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Edited into Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »

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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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