Irene, a feisty Irish girl in Philadelphia, clashes with her family and walks out, heading to New York City to seek fame and fortune. She gets a job as a dressmaker's model and becomes ... See full summary »
Irene, a feisty Irish girl in Philadelphia, clashes with her family and walks out, heading to New York City to seek fame and fortune. She gets a job as a dressmaker's model and becomes involved with Donald, the scion of a wealthy family. Donald's mother doesn't approve of Irene and sets out to discredit her in Donald's eyes. Written by
This was adapted from a Broadway musical that originally opened at the Vanderbilt Theater on Nov. 18, 1919 and ran for 675 performances. Irene Dunne and Jeanette MacDonald were replacement cast members during its long run. The musical was later revived with Debbie Reynolds in the lead. This version opened at the Minskoff Theater in New York on March 13, 1973 and ran for 594 performances. See more »
Another top silent comedy by superstar Colleen Moore.... In this one she plays the daughter of a poor Irish family (with all the stereotypes) from Philadelphia. After losing her job in a department store and fighting with Ma (Kate Price) she ends up in New York City where she lands a job as a dressmaker's model. She meets a wealthy man (Lloyd Hughes) and you can guess the rest.
Moore sparkles as usual playing the spunky lass who fights the odds and makes good. The film is also notable for the openly gay character of Madame Lucy, played by George K. Arthur. Charlie Murray plays the dad, and Bess Flowers and Eva Novak play models.
This First National release also boasted a 2-strip Technicolor sequence (the model show) but my copy has what looks like a red tint for this section unless that's all that's left of the color.... no idea.
The best scene is perhaps the one where Moore is on a turntable so that Madame Lucy can drape fabric over her and create a dress.... and amazingly he does.... then the turntable goes haywire.... LOL
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