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Love's Bargain (1925)



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Credited cast:
Julia Compton
Jean de Limur
Russell Thorndike
Warwick Ward


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Marjorie Daw as the Golem.
1 October 2008 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

I viewed a very poor print of this very poor film. Marjorie Daw stars as Joan Thayer, a wronged woman -- apparently American -- who somehow ends up in Paris, where she tries to drown her sorrows by jumping off a quay into the river. (She must be in Seine.) She's rescued by a handsome Legionnaire (Warwick Ward). They fall in love, but a vamp comes between them, vamping until ready. Clive Brook lurks about the proceedings as a Parisian impresario.

Although Marjorie Daw has the lead role in this film, her participation appears to have been minimal. For much of the story, it's bang obvious that some other woman is doubling Daw. When Daw is on screen, she seems distracted ... as if she's too busy thinking about her next film role to bother playing this one properly.

Worse luck: after Ward fishes Daw out of the river, she spends much of this movie wearing a truly grotesque hairstyle that looks like the wig Paul Wegener wore in his role as the Golem. In fact, Daw's leaden performance resembles the Golem too. My rating for this mess: 1 point out of 10.

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