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The Lure of Crooning Water (1920)

A London actress collapses on stage and is sent by her doctor to stay in the country with a farmer and his wife. But when she starts an affair with the farmer, the idyllic life at "Crooning Water" is threatened with tragedy.

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Guy Newall ...
Horace Dornblazer
Ivy Duke ...
Georgette
Hugh Buckler ...
Dr. John Longden
Douglas Munro ...
Yes Smith
Mary Dibley ...
Rachel Dornblazer
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Frank Howard
Arthur Chesney ...
Gerald Pinkerton
Winifred Sadler ...
Mrs. Dusenberry
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A London actress collapses on stage and is sent by her doctor to stay in the country with a farmer and his wife. But when she starts an affair with the farmer, the idyllic life at "Crooning Water" is threatened with tragedy.

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Ivy Duke is a minx!
13 April 2003 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

Here she plays an actress who is stressing out due to over-work. She's sent on a rest-cure by her doting doctor, and arrives at Crooning Water (a farm) to find it stuffed with Arts and Crafts furniture - all ladder backed chairs with rush seats and fireside settles. Guy Newall is also there, looking (as he always does) like he's swallowed a couple of lemons. Ivy takes one look at his Jodhpers, though, and you know there's going to be trouble.

She ingratiates herself with his wife and teaches his four-year-old how to smoke a cigarette, but she only ever treats Guy with contempt. As a result he is putty in her hands, and during a most effective storm scene (complete with animated lightning), they get it on. The wife knows something's up as soon as she sees Ivy emerging from his inner sanctum...

Ivy and Guy, as ever, are a winning combo and some of their love scenes are startlingly erotic - with much stroking of his manly forearms.

There's an interesting flashback scene where she's plucked out of a milliner's shop by a theatrical agent and put on the stage, which apparently is an explanation of her shenanigans with Guy. As the doctor tells her "You'd flirt with the shadows of men outside a tobacconist's window". She has to give him up in the end, of course, he being wed and all, but there are plenty of other men sniffing around...

If you thought British films were lacking in emotion then think again.


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