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The Ace of Cads (1926)

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Chappel and Basil are both officers in the British Guards and also close friends. They both fall in love with Eleanor. Basil is so smitten that he sets up a situation in which Eleanor ... See full summary »

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Chappel Maturin
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Eleanour
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Sir Guy de Gramercy
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Basil de Gramercy
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Chappel and Basil are both officers in the British Guards and also close friends. They both fall in love with Eleanor. Basil is so smitten that he sets up a situation in which Eleanor believes that Chappel has another woman, and she chooses Basil. Chappel, devastated, turns to drink and is soon thrown out of the army in disgrace. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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11 October 1926 (USA)  »

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O Querido de Todas  »

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The Ace of Cads (1926) -- Lost Silent
13 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1926 drama/romance was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures, starring Adolphe Menjou and Alice Joyce . Sadly it now remains a lost film and I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Variety, October 20, 1926 - The suave and polished Adolphe Menjou in a romantic role made to order for his style of acting, a part with all kinds of romantic appeal and the attractive air of British society. An interesting light little drama, but very graceful in substance and background, without enough action for a kick. The hero is a mate to Bertie in "Under Two Flags," and indeed this Arlen story has a good deal in common with that old epic of naive romance. A good, quiet story is well told in terms of quiet drama and acted with that tone of restraint. Scenically, the production has much to recommend it. There are those rich but simple British interiors, splendidly realized; a good deal of spectacular flash in fashionable restaurant and gambling casino settings, and occasional glimpses of the Royal Guards, in which the hero is an officer. These last bits are probably cut-ins, but they are pat in their application to the action.

Lieut. Maturin is a gay youth among the London fashionables, quartered with his bother officer, the crafty Basil, son of Col. de Gramercy, commander of the exclusive regiment. Both are rivals for Eleanour, sharing their purses and their leisure. Maturin swears off wine and gay ladies when he wins the hand of Eleanour, while Basil plots his undoing. It is Basil who arranges a bachelor dinner for Maturin and then tips off his fiancée, Eleanour, who bursts in just in time to catch her future husband apparently making love to a light lady of the evening--all details pre-arranged by Basil. Horrified at the wreck of his happiness, Maturin drinks too much and becomes involved in a public brawl, an episode his Colonel takes advantage of to force him in disgrace from the regiment. There follows years of wanderings about Continental resorts while Maturin tries to forget. Eleanour has married Basil, and now is a widow with a daughter, Joan, a headstrong girl, who resents the domination of Col. de Gramercy, her grandfather. Upon Maturin's return to London he is accidentally thrown into contact with Joan, with whom he plans a marriage to revenge himself upon the Colonel, in whose eyes he is a disgraced outcast. The drama of the story comes in the clash between Maturin and the old Colonel, who tries to bully Maturin and then tries to buy him off. It is when Eleanour takes up the management of the affair that he is persuaded to abandon his project, giving up the girl and foregoing his revenge only on the pleadings of his old sweetheart. It is this episode that reunited the suitors of years before in a happy ending for a neat bit of sentimental romance.


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