A theatrical troupe from the west end of London loses its leading lady (Rose Trelawny) when she goes off to marry a rich young man from the other side of town (Arthur Gower). The rest of ... See full summary »

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A theatrical troupe from the west end of London loses its leading lady (Rose Trelawny) when she goes off to marry a rich young man from the other side of town (Arthur Gower). The rest of the play deals with the budding romance and trials and tribulations of their love, as well as the changing face of late-19th-century theatre. Written by Joshua

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The Actress (1928) -- Tragic loss
13 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is tragic so many silent films are lost, including this 1928 drama produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Sidney Franklin and starring the beautiful actress, Norma Shearer.

This film was based on the 1898 play Trelawny of the 'Wells' by Arthur Wing Pinero that had first premiered on Broadway in 1898 starring Mary Mannering, then successfully revived by Ethel Barrymore in 1911, Laurette Taylor in 1925, and at the time this film was produced (1927) by Helen Gahagan. The play was actually first brought to the screen as a British made silent film Trelawny of the Wells in 1916, another lost silent.

The story is about young Rose Trelawny ( Norma Shearer ) who is the leading lady of a theatrical troupe from the west end of London. She leaves the troupe when she marries a fellow from the other side of town, the young and rich Arthur Gower ( Ralph Forbes ). The story then follows the couples rising romance and trials and tribulations of love, along with a look at the different changes of late-19th-century theatre.

Besides actress Norma Shearer, this film's cast boasted many stars from that time, including Owen Moore, Lee Moran, Roy D'Arcy and Gwen Lee.

This film is one of many tragic lost MGM films from the 1920s.


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