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The Goose Woman (1925)

A famous opera singer lost her voice when her son was born, and has drowned her sorrows in drink. When a murder is committed near her house, she invents a story in order to get herself back... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown

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Rex Beach (story), Dwinelle Benthall (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jack Pickford ... Gerald Holmes
Louise Dresser ... Marie de Nardi / Mary Holmes
Constance Bennett ... Hazel Woods
Marc McDermott ... Amos Ethridge
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Jacob Rigg
James O. Barrows ... Chief of Detectives Kelly
George Nichols ... Detective Lopez
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Mr. Vogel
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A famous opera singer lost her voice when her son was born, and has drowned her sorrows in drink. When a murder is committed near her house, she invents a story in order to get herself back in front of the public again. However, the story she comes up with results in her son being arrested for the murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1925 (USA) See more »

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A Mulher dos Gansos See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Geese in the pond and pigs out back
24 February 2015 | by hotangenSee all my reviews

This is an excellent film and if a "clear and bright" copy exists, it deserves to be reissued. Even though some scenes of the Televista release are marred by "snow" and the entirety is less than sharp, the picture quality is tolerable. The musical score is a mixture of appropriate and inappropriate accompaniment and should be redone.

I especially liked the scene where Dresser, now coiffed and dressed as a Grand Dame, ventures forth into a room of reporters and becomes the star she used to be. Clothes do make the woman. The makeover also has the magical effect of restoring her humanity and mother love. As for the ending, if you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

Jack Pickford, oftentimes today slighted as an actor, is excellent, his performance subtle and moving. Jack looks great - no sign of dissipation from the alcohol he abused or drugs that he is supposed to have abused. In fact, with his Valentino face, it's easy to see why he was catnip to the ladies in real life. As for the other actors, they all give natural performances. It's a mistaken idea that silent film actors expressed themselves using exaggerated cartoon gestures. That type of acting ended when Jack's sister, Mary, rose to stardom in 1914.

A favorite though uncredited actor is the pet goose. There's a charming scene of a determined Dresser marching down the road with the goose, equally determined to go along, waddling and running behind her. A welcome bit of gentle comedy relief.


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