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De Luxe Annie (1918)

Annie is a victim of amnesia. In this state, having forgotten her husband and friends, she becomes a master criminal. But an operation on her brain restores her memory, leaving her to face ... See full summary »

Director:

Roland West

Writers:

Edward Clark (play), Paul West
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Cast

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Norma Talmadge ... Julie Kendal (De Luxe Annie II)
Eugene O'Brien ... Jimmy Fitzpatrick
Frank Mills ... Walter Kendal
Edna Hunter Edna Hunter ... Mrs. Archer (De Luxe Annie I)
Fred R. Stanton Fred R. Stanton ... Detective Cronin
Joseph Burke Joseph Burke ... Cyrus Monroe
Edwards Davis ... Dr. Fernand Niblo
Harriet Jenkins Harriet Jenkins ... Janet Kendal
David Burns ... Joe - Grocery Clerk
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Annie is a victim of amnesia. In this state, having forgotten her husband and friends, she becomes a master criminal. But an operation on her brain restores her memory, leaving her to face the consequences of her actions. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Annie See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Norma Talmadge Triumphs Over a Hacked-Up Scenario
2 July 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I have had a great number of issues with the Norma Talmadge features I have seen. Her husband and producer, Joe Schenck, spared no expense in purchasing properties for her, but while they might have been excellent stage shows, they were not well adapted for the screen -- a problem that Buster Keaton, who was Schenck's brother-in-law and whose films Schenck financed, suffered from.

The problems with DELUXE ANNIE arise purely from a chopped-down script, based on a stage show, which was based on a novel. It is intended as a liberal treatise on how circumstances can lead moral people into crime. We start out by having Norma Talmadge getting clunked on the head in Manhattan, developing amnesia, wandering off into the fog and winding up in Chicago two months later, with no explanation. She is broke and about to steal a watch and a bankroll. Instead, she gets involved in a variation of the Badger Game in partnership with the man who clunked her on the head following a dust-up with her husband with Norma's predecessor in the con, and whose wallet and watch she was about to steal.

Got that? I got it and for a good twenty minutes I considered walking out in annoyance, but I didn't, because, amidst all the claptrap and plotting-by-coincidence, Miss Talmadge gives a wonderful performance, running a wide range of emotions, played subtly or broadly as the situation required. It wasn't enough to make me really admire this movie, which is believed to be the earliest surviving film of director Roland West, but it made it better than painless.

Eugene O'Brien, as her partner in crime, also gets a few good scenes, and there is some lovely location shooting in Manhattan and along the Hudson River. But except for Miss Talmadge's fine acting, I would have missed them.


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