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Lights of Old Broadway (1925)

Lights of Old Broadway (1925) is a drama film directed by Monta Bell, produced by William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Productions, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Fely / Anne
Conrad Nagel ... Dirk de Rhonde
Frank Currier ... Lambert de Rhonde
George K. Arthur ... Andy
Charles McHugh Charles McHugh ... Shamus O'Tandy
Eleanor Lawson Eleanor Lawson ... Mrs. O'Tandy
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. de Rhonde
Matthew Betz ... 'Red' Hawkins
Wilbur Higby Wilbur Higby ... Fowler
Bodil Rosing ... Widow Gorman
George Bunny George Bunny ... Tony Pastor
George Harris George Harris ... Joe Weber
Bernard Berger Bernard Berger ... Lew Fields
J. Frank Glendon ... Thomas A. Edison (as Frank Glendon)
Buck Black Buck Black ... Young Teddy Roosevelt


Lights of Old Broadway (1925) is a drama film directed by Monta Bell, produced by William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Productions, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Marion Davies and Conrad Nagel, and is an adaptation of the play The Merry Wives of Gotham by Laurence Eyre (USA). The film has color sequences using tinting, Technicolor, and the Handschiegl color process. The play was produced on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre from January 16, 1924 to April 1924. Davies' part was played on the stage by actress Mary Ellis.

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November 1925 (USA) See more »

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Merry Wives of Gotham See more »

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Color (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)| Color (Handschiegel Color) (one shot)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was the first 'West Coast' production from William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Pictures. Productions prior to this film were shot in New York. See more »

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The Great Marion Davies
31 January 2009 | by drednmSee all my reviews

THE LIGHTS OF OLD Broadway stars the great Marion Davies in a dual role. She plays a set of twins separated at birth. One becomes Anne, a society girl in New York; the other is Fely, an Irish toughie who somehow lands on the musical stage. She meets the suave Dirk (Conrad Nagel) who is Anne's half brother. Anne's family also owns the slum in which the Irish families live.

As with Davies' terrific LITTLE OLD NEW YORK, this story is also set against an historical background, involving the story of the coming of electricity to the city. So along with show biz figures like Tony Pastor, Weber and Fields, etc we also see Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. Anne's family has a lot of money in gas, but somehow Fely's father has stock in electricity. The snooty family tries to keep Nagel away from the low-born Fely.

Davies is terrific playing the blonde Fely (she does a few stage numbers) and the dark-haired Anne. Davies make a solid comic entrance as Fely (minus a tooth) balancing herself on a stack of tables and chairs and defying the mob the city kids.

Nagel is fine as the hero. Both Karl Dane and George K. Arthur show up in small parts.

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