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Cast overview:
Carol Trent
Don Manning
Earle Foxe ...
Max Slater
Burr McIntosh ...
Dr. Bobs
Ruth Dwyer ...
Pat Scott
Olive Tell ...
Careth Lindsey
Robert Schable ...
Toom Lindsey
Gayne Whitman ...
Warren Graves
Bess True ...
Deuces Wild


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Why did this beautiful girl try to cram a lifetime of happiness into one night of reckless revelry? Why did she give up marriage for a frenzied fling at life? You'll find the answer in a startling climax enacted by adorable Mary Astor and likable Lloyd Hughes! See more »


Drama | Romance




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22 January 1928 (USA)  »

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Visão Suprema  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sailors' Wives (1928) -- Lost Silent ?
7 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1928 romance/drama was produced by First National Pictures and starred beautiful actress Mary Astor. It now remains a lost silent and all I can offer the reader is this original 1928 film review.

There is neither a sailor's uniform nor a ship in "Sailors' Wives," the current film offering at the Hippodrome. The nearest approach to anything nautical is a glimpse of the briny when the sweethearts are cheek to cheek, holding arms and hands somewhere in Brittany. So, unseen, they crossed the ocean, but there is water at their feet in this last scene. This picture is an adaptation of Warner Fabian's novel, but it is quite evident that some important material has escaped the attention of the transcribers.

This film is principally concerned with Carol Trent having a depression in her skull that affects her eye-sight. She has been told that she will soon go blind. Carol is in love with Dorr Manning and she pretends that her fancy for him has past, as she does not wish him to have a sightless wife. She also resolves to shoot herself when she can no longer see.

The director, Joseph E. Henabery, depicts Miss Trent closing her eyes and walking from her bedroom door to the bureau in which she keeps a pistol, so that she may be able to do this when she goes blind. There is a rather obvious denouement to this tale of fading light, but the scenes are nicely photographed and the principal characters are played sympathetically. Mary Astor fills the role of Miss Trent and Lloyd Hughes appears as Dorr Manning.

In one stretch there is a desire to show the antics of some persons at wild parties and the caption refers to "throwing" such an affair. Here one perceives gentlemen of pseudo culture and understanding sliding downstairs with cocktail shakers in their hands. It is very difficult for some persons to imitate intoxicated persons and therefore there are bits of this passage that are not a little silly.

But a lot can be forgiven through the charming presence of Miss Astor, who is quite a clever little actress. She is a girl who at least thinks about what the character is supposed to be thinking and not what a charming man the villain is, Mr. Hughes is also a good choice for a hero, but he, as Dorr Manning, has to be a little too credulous in this offering. Burr McIntosh is pleasing as a jolly old physician. Robert Schable does not get a real chance to demonstrate his ability.

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