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This 1926 silent romance/comedy starring Laura La Plante and James Kirkwood is now sadly a lost film. All I can offer the reader is this original review.
"Butterflies in the Rain," the current film offering at the Hippodrome, is artificial but moderately entertaining. It is the type of picture that does not inflict itself unduly on one's attention, and yet there are in it a number of interesting scenes. Its atmosphere is rather that of Hollywood than England and Spain, two of the countries that furnish a background for this adventure.
Laura La Plante portrays the role of a girl named Tina, who is an admirer of a group she believes to be real Bohemians. James Kirkwood acts the part of a genuine American, a man something like Mr. Pike in "The Man From Home." The narrative is vaguely reminiscent of Booth Tarkington's story, "His Own People."
When the denouement of this yarn is thrown on the screen one is astonished that the characters were not aware of the happening. It is a case where a young villain steals into the heroine's apartment and, after the smashing of vases and a fight, acquaintances of the girl and the man come to the rescue. Why Tina, as the heroine is known, should be blamed is not quite clear. The author of this shallow screen effort, however, arranges for some of the characters to believe all that's wrong about Tina. One would conclude that Tina, who is then married to John Humphreys (Mr. Kirkwood) would tell her husband what happened and be highly indignant if he doubted her.
The evil genius of this story is a woman who wears a monocle. She's quite a snob, but she wilts in the end when it is discovered that she spent a year or so of her young life behind the bars. Then there is a Lord Purdon, whose ancestors came over in the Roman galleys to Briton. He is a good chap. He has plenty of money, sticks to his friends and believes in the adage, "Handsome is that handsome does."
Some of the ideas in this story would have benefited by a little study and less haste. There are too many stereotyped actions and by no means enough suspense. Mr. Kirkwood does exceedingly well under the circumstances with his part. Miss La Plante's efforts are not without interest. She is comely, but the role of Tina is hardly suited to her type.
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