In THE RED KIMONA, Priscilla Bonner plays Darley, a small town girl who finds escape from her cruel home life in the arms of a handsome stranger. Soon she finds herself working as a prostitute in New Orleans, desperately clinging to the belief that he really loves her. When she discovers him buying an engagement ring for another woman, she shoots him. Her murder trial becomes a cause celebre and Gabrielle finds herself befriended by a rich society woman who professes deep concern for the unfortunate girl. Directed by Dorothy Reid.
Is It An Actual Menace To American Girls? (original poster)
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Did You Know?
The story was based on a true story and Gabrielle Darley was a real person, but producer Dorothy Davenport
did not secure her permission to film the events in her life. When Darley, who had since moved on to marry and become an upstanding member of her community, found out that a film of her life had been made without her consent, she sued Davenport and financially ruined her. Matters of invasion of privacy by the media were not clear in 1925, and it's unlikely that Ms. Darley would have been able to win the case nowadays, since most details of the trial were a matter of public record. See more
Set in 1917, the fashions and cars are contemporary with 1925, when the film was made. See more
The Inquisitive One
I've been dying to talk to you alone - I just knew we would be drawn to each other. You see I understand so thoroughly - for I, too, have been pursued all my life! My husband can't give me any information about these things - he's like a babe in the woods - - he's a traveling man. Now tell me - is it true that all men - -? - - and do you poor dears have to - -?
[Embarrassed, Gabrielle walks away
Kino International copyrighted a video version in 2000 using the preservation print of the American Film Institute Collection at the Library of Congress. It was restored by Bret Wood, produced by Jessica Rosner, has a piano music score performed and arranged by Robert Israel, and runs 77 minutes. Additional color effects were added by Kevin Christopher at AGI Studios. See more