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Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and noble man who truly loves.

Director: George Terwilliger
Stars: Marion Davies, John B. O'Brien, Frank Shannon
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Mary Tudor, sister of England's Henry VIII, causes a stir by falling in love with a guardsman below her class.

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding
The Patsy (1928)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two young women find their friendship strained when one wins a role in a Broadway show, and the other's boyfriend begins to fall for her.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Billie Dove
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Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold-digger. But she assumes he is after "one thing" and is holding out for marriage. ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Walter Catlett
Enchantment (1921)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Edith Shayne
Five and Ten (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell
Drama | History | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles
Yolanda (1924)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Princess Mary of Burgundy, traveling in disguise using the name of Yolanda, attends a silk fair and falls in love with Maximilian, who has disguised himself as a knight. Later Maximilian is... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Lyn Harding, Holbrook Blinn
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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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