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The Mating Call (1928)

Approved | | Drama | 21 July 1928 (USA)
A WWI vet takes on the KKK when he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman.

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Farmer turned WWI hero Leslie returns home hoping to reunite with his wife Rose, but it turns out her parents had the unconsummated marriage annulled so she could wed the rich Lon Henderson. Rose throws herself at Leslie, itching for an affair due to her husband's penchant for infidelity, but he spurns her, marrying a young French immigrant named Catherine to get her off his back. When one of Lon's lovers commits suicide after he has cast her aside, he pins it all on Les and has his KKK-inspired group take action against him... Written by cupcakes

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$400,000 (estimated)
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According to the patch on his uniform's shoulder, Leslie served with the U.S. Army's 81st "Wildcat" Infantry Division. The three chevrons on his lower left sleeve indicate he served overseas at least 18 months. The single chevron on his right sleeve indicates he was wounded once. See more »

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Although the story takes place immediately after World War I (1918-1919), all of Evelyn Brent's and Helen Foster's clothes are strictly in the 1928 short skirt mode, completely out of place in the time frame of the story. See more »

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Poker Player: Major Hatten seems to be suffering from shell shock.
Hatten's Best Man: Worse than that! He's in love - with his own wife.
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The Mating Song
(1928)
Music and Lyrics by Frances Ring and Martin Broones
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Pretty good silent drama
18 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leslie Hatten (Thomas Meighan) goes away to fight WW1. He secretly marries beautiful Rose (Evelyn Brent). He returns 2 years later to find their marriage annulled and she's married to Lon (Alan Roscoe). She still wants to sleep with Leslie but he refuses her. However Lon thinks she IS sleeping with him and is a member of The Order--a Ku Klux Klan-like organization who punish everyone they think isn't "moral" enough.

There's more but that's the gist. Fast-moving, pretty racy (Brent flashes some nudity), well-acted and directed drama. It brings up multiple themes--WW1, marriage, adultery, suicide, murder, secret organizations punishing people--and mixes them all up and throws them at the viewer in an entertaining way. This doesn't seem to be making any sort of statement (although it does strongly suggest that The Order is wrong) but just gives the viewer a fast-paced entertaining drama. This was thought to be lost for many years but was discovered and lovingly restored. We should all be happy for that. I give it a 7.


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