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Marianne I (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

During World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who is fighting at the front. She falls in love with the Yank however ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, George Baxter, Lawrence Gray
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Marion Davies, Matt Moore, Harry Crocker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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The Patsy (1928)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler
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Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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Director: Robert G. Vignola
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Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

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Directors: Leon D'Usseau, Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Ralph Kellard, Carlyle Blackwell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

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Director: Monta Bell
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The Red Mill (1927)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A silent version of the Victor Herbert-Henry Blossom operetta

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Marion Davies, Owen Moore, Louise Fazenda
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

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Director: George D. Baker
Stars: Marion Davies, Norman Kerry, Anders Randolf
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

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Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Charles King, Marion Davies, Joel McCrea
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Marion Davies in the Silent MARIANNE
3 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first version of Marion Davies' MARIANNE was a silent film (completed and released on a limited basis) in 1929. MGM made an odd but successful decision to re-shoot the entire film as a talkie (with songs) rather than create the usual "goat-gland" film by adding dialog or sound effects to a silent film. The result was a delightful starring talkie debut for Davies.

In the original silent version, we have exactly the same story (almost scene for scene) but with a different cast. The leading man here is Oscar Shaw (rather than Lawrence Gray) with comedy support from Robert Ames (rather than Cliff Edwards and Benny Rubin in the talkie). Robert Castle (also billed as Fred Solm) appears as Andre in both versions. Mack Swain plays the general in the silent version.

While the silent MARIANNE is an OK film in its own right, Shaw is a bland leading man and Ames adds little in the way of comic relief. I suppose it's unfair to compare the two films, but the silent version is very rare in any case, while the talkie version of MARIANNE shows up regularly on TV.

Davies was a top silent comedienne, and her work in MARIANNE is quite good, especially in the scene where she masquerades as a lieutenant with a bizarre mustache (and learns to smoke a cigar). MARIANNE would be the final silent film for the great Marion Davies.


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