Slaves of Beauty (1927)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 June 1927 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Olive Tell ...
Anastasia Jones
Holmes Herbert ...
Leonard Jones
Earle Foxe ...
Paul Perry
Richard Walling ...
Mary Foy ...
Mickey Bennett ...
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Comedy | Drama




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5 June 1927 (USA)  »

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Esclaves de la beauté  »

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Slaves of Beauty (1927) -- Lost Silent ?
7 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Slaves of Beauty is a 1927 comedy/drama that was produced by the Fox Film Corporation, and is now considered a lost film. All I can offer the reader is this original 1927 film review. Hopefully a copy of this film survives and resurfaces for public viewing.

Although "Slaves of Beauty," the new pictorial offering at the Hippodrome, is a very uneven piece of work, both in direction and acting, it possesses an occasional glimmer of irony, which unfortunately has not been permitted to glow with any great strength. J. G. Blystone, the director, is not wholly responsible for extinguishing this interesting spark, for it is obvious that he was guided by a scenario in which the commercial angle or that of popular appeal had by no means been ignored.

This film is moderately diverting, what with its beauty parlor scenes, the flashes of adipose ladies who are joyful at losing mere ounces and the idea of having a hard-working chemist utterly careless about his own personal appearance so long as his discovery of a rejuvenating clay mixture is successful.

The picture is based on a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam, who appears to be entitled to the giant's share of the credit for the worthy bits. It is a narrative that is refreshing, even in its present form, after some of the hodge-podge that comes to the screen.

In an early chapter, the chemist is anything but hero to his wife. He is, as a matter of fact, a nuisance, because of noisome odors that emanate from his laboratory drive away Anastasia Jones's customers. When by accident he realizes that he has discovered a beautifying clay, he becomes persona grata in his own home. But only for a time, for Anastasia, when presiding over her Fifth Avenue beauty shop, determines that her husband's dilapidated appearance shocks her patrons. Anastasia, herself, improves her looks by her husband's clay, and regular flattery from an obsequious and somewhat effeminate manager of the shop has the effect of causing this ungrateful creature to want to divorce her husband.

The chemist, Leonard Jones, has his day, and it is on the last morning of this film. The outcome teaches Anastasia the lesson she needed. The effeminate manager finds himself forced to go to a rival beauty establishment because he has a black eye, which was given to him quite neatly by Anastasia's daughter's young man. No other than Anastasia's husband presides over the rival beauty shop, and when he has become reconciled to his wife, he chances to observe Paul Terry, the effeminate manager, having his eye doctored. Mr. Jones enters the cubicle quickly, and when Paul declines to protect himself, Anastasia's husband believes that he at least has the privilege of blackening Paul's other eye. Hence Paul leaves the picture with two lovely black eyes.

Holmes Heroert is admirable as the chemist. Olive Tell is quite good in most of the sequences. Paul Terry is played by Earle Foxe, who depends a little too much upon his eyebrows in acting. The other players are only fair.

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