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Forbidden Fruit (1921)

Mary Maddock becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Mallory. Her husband tries ... See full summary »

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Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil B. DeMille (story "The Golden Chance"), Jeanie Macpherson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Agnes Ayres ... Mary Maddock
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Steve Maddock
Theodore Roberts ... James Harrington Mallory
Kathlyn Williams ... Mrs. Mallory
Forrest Stanley ... Nelson Rogers
Theodore Kosloff ... Pietro Giuseppe
Shannon Day Shannon Day ... Nadia Craig
Bertram Johns Bertram Johns ... John Craig
Julia Faye ... Mrs. Mallory's First Maid
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Mary Maddock becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Mallory. Her husband tries blackmailing Mallory and is later killed by the police, leaving Mary free to wed the millionaire. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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23 January 1921 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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King Baggot and Ann Forrest were originally cast as Steve and Mary Maddock, but they were replaced by Clarence Burton and Agnes Ayres. See more »

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DeMille's Comments on Cinderella
21 June 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Forrest Stanley is in a hurry to get out west, but Theodore Roberts wants him to stick around to make a deal, so wife Kathlyn Williams promises him "the prettiest girl in New York" as his dinner companion. When the guest begs off, she substitutes seamstress Agnes Ayres, and they fall in love. Miss Ayres, however, has a failure of a husband who hears about a girl at the Roberts' house with some fabulous jewels he can steal....

FORBIDDEN FRUIT is a remake of DeMille's stunning THE GOLDEN CHANCE, with a lot of the absolute degradation of the original version missing -- while in the earlier period, DeMille was occasionally interested in showing the audience the dirt and despair of poverty, here it is attributed to greed and laziness on the part of Agnes Ayres' husband, Clarence Burton, and Theodore Kosloff's butler, who had served many of the best families in New York and two years in Sing-Sing.

Yet there is a careless greed among the wealthy: Theodore Roberts, who is only interested in keeping Forrest Stanley around so he can make a business deal, regardless of the truth, and Kathlyn Williams, who really doesn't care a fig for anyone or anything except that Miss Ayres doesn't leave with her jewels. Only Mr. Stanley and Miss Ayres seem touched by any emotion but greed, and this makes this, in many ways, a fairy tale. The sequences in which we see Miss Ayres as Cinderella and Mr. Stanley as Prince Charming seem not to be commentaries on the main body of the movie. If anything, the reverse is true, and the movie seems more an exegesis of the fairy tale for the modern (1921) audience.

The print on Youtube was in glorious condition, with many sections not only tinted, but toned, lending a sumptuous visual element quite alien to the modern view of silent movies. DeMille's movies were Famous Players-Lasky's (later Paramount) prestige movies, and they spared no expense in their presentation. DeMille made an effort to save his early films, and this is a very good one from this period.


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