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Gertie Jones
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Smooth as Satin (1925) -- Lost Silent ?
7 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Smooth As Satin is a lost silent drama produced by the R-C Pictures Corporation, starring actress Evelyn Brent. All I can offer the reader is this lengthy, original film review. Published: June 23, 1925

Several highly imaginative twists of an absurdly impossible character help to stir up some interest in "Smooth as Satin," the present film offering at the Capitol, which is a picturization of Bayard Veiller's play "The Chatterbox." Granted that one is in a charitable mood, this fanciful crook contraption may prove mildly diverting. Possibly it would have made a better farce than a melodrama, as in the narrative weird specimens of humanity hold forth, all of them surprisingly foolish.

Evelyn Brent plays the part of Gertie Jones, who is a maid to a society woman. Gertie poses as a French girl and talks with a winning Parisian accent when in the presence of her employer. She is, however, a member of a band of crooks, the ringleader being Jimmy Hartigan. When Hartigan appears in the social leader's home Gertie reveals herself as a voluble exponent of the most up-to-date New York burglar's slang. She is especially partial to Hartigan and only through his insistence on binding her up does she escape suspicion by the police. Hartigran is arrested and convicted, but prison bars mean little to Gertie and she arranges for Hartigan to escape. There is a wild chase and then their automobile crashes against a tree.

Keepers are out with guns looking for Hartigan, but the old Justice of the Peace, in whose home they take refuge—pretending to be an eloping couple—is only too eager to marry them. While they are preparing for a hasty marital ceremony there comes over the radio news of the convict's escape. It is soon shut off, but in a few moments the prison keepers knock on the door. Hartigan and the girl flee into another room, Gertie declaring that she believes it must be her guardian. They escape through a window and get away in the same car in which the keepers arrived.

Soon Gertie and Hartigan are seen in New York. They have $10,000, and are in constant fear of the police. Opposite them there is a couple who one night knocked on Hartigan's door, explaining that they wanted to enjoy the company of the young people. When they separate for the evening it is disclosed that the benign husband and wife are also two crooks, the woman wearing a gray wig, to make her appear sweet and old. Hartigan, in his apartment, says that the old people would be just the types who would have put away money. The couple on the other side of the hall say the same thing about Hartigan and Gertie.

Then follows the introduction of another burglar, who through some strange reasoning hoped to find something valuable in the Hartigan abode. He is caught and explains that he has turned into a sneak thief after spending years as a fine, live safe-cracker. It strikes Gertie that this is such a terrible come-down in life that she prevails upon Hartigan to reform. They also decide to give their $10,000 to the old folks across the hall for safekeeping. Gertie, who seems to be the only person who occasionally shows some intelligence, discovers later that the dear old couple have left their apartment suddenly. She finds a steamship pamphlet which gives her a clue to where the "nice old people" may have gone.

Quite a lot more happens to Gertie and Hartigan, including a railroad wreck and several tearful titles.

Miss Brent is slender and attractive, and she gives a good account of herself as Gertie. Bruce Gordon is satisfactory as Hartigan.

This film is perhaps another one of those hot-weather entertainments in which the players are doing all the hard work and the audience sits still, keeps cool and does not have to think very hard.


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