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Shooting Stars (1928)

The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather and Julian Gordon is torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks. Mae hatches a plot to kill her... See full summary »
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Annette Benson ...
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Julian Gordon
Donald Calthrop ...
Andy Wilkes
Wally Patch ...
Property Man
David Brooks ...
Turner
Ella Daincourt ...
Asphodel Smythe - Journalist
Chili Bouchier ...
Winnie - Bathing Beauty (as Chili Boucher)
Tubby Phillips ...
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Judd Green ...
Lighting Man
Jack Rawl ...
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The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather and Julian Gordon is torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks. Mae hatches a plot to kill her husband by putting a real bullet in the prop gun which will be fired at him during the making of their new film, 'Prairie Love'. Written by daniel.king11@btopenworld.com

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When the journalist is taking notes during an interview with Mae Feather, she misspells Shakespeare as "Shakespear." See more »

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Whatever Happened to Annette Benson?
1 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superb silent film that offers a "backstage" look at filmmaking in Britain at the end of the silent era. Story centers on a married couple who are starring in "Prairie Love." He (Brian Aherne) is a rather dopey leading man who is totally unaware of his wife's (Annette Benson) bitchy temperament or her affair with a low-comic movie star (Donald Calthrop).

When Aherne is scheduled for some on-location filming, Benson wastes no time to giving Calthrop her apartment key. But the shooting schedule is changed. When a stunt double is killed on another on-location shoot, Benson assumes her lover is dead, but....

After Benson (as Mae Feather) finally gets her comeuppance and loses her contract to go to Hollywood, there's a powerful and bittersweet ending with Benson as a lowly extra and Aherne as a powerful director.

Filled with astonishing lighting and camera work and boasting excellent performance by Benson and Aherne, this film gets progressively mesmeric as it spins its story. Co-stars include Chili Bouchier as Winnie and Wally Patch as the prop man.

In a bizarre parallel to this film's ending, Annette Benson would herself disappear after two failed attempts at talkies in 1931. There is virtually no biographical information available on this star actress.

BFI recently issued a BLU/DVD restoration of this superb film.


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