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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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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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The Mating Song
(1928)
Music and Lyrics by Frances Ring and Martin Broones
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Wet, Wet, Wet
8 March 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Thomas Meighan (as Leslie Hatten) returns from servicing his country in the first World War to discover his young bride Evelyn Brent (as Rose)'s parents have had their marriage annulled; to make matters worse, she has married another man, Alan Roscoe (as Lon Henderson). Mr. Meighan is devastated by the loss of his child bride, but rejects her invitation to begin an affair; instead, he goes shopping for another young bride, Renée Adorée (as Catharine). Ms. Brent is obviously not fully satisfied by Mr. Roscoe, who is receiving something extra from Helen Foster (as Jessie), when he's not busy leading "The Order", a local KKK-like organization focusing on, of all things, morality...

"The Mating Call" is a titillating Howard Hughes production; probably, it was more satisfying in its day. The three leading ladies are featured in wet clothes, underclothes, or no clothes at all. After about an hour of running time, Ms. Adorée has a "nude" swimming scene; you'd be hard-pressed, however, to determine if the actress is actually naked. Adorée is far sexier after putting on her sheer post-swimming frock. Brent is also very sexy. Both women look particularly good when photographed from behind. Brent's acting performance is also quite satisfying; she offers, perhaps, the film's best characterization. Gardner James is also good, as "Marvin Swallow". Note that Adorée is a careless house cleaner, using far too much water on Meighan's floor! And, only half of the film's murderers are easily understood.

***** The Mating Call (7/21/28) James Cruze ~ Thomas Meighan, Evelyn Brent, Renee Adoree


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