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The Red Kimona (1925)

A small town girl 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Gabrielle
Nellie Bly Baker ... Clara
... Howard Blaine
... The Matron
Virginia Pearson ... Mrs. Fontaine
... Gabrielle's Father (as Tyrone Power)
... District Attorney
... Freddy - the Chauffeur (as Theodore Von Eltz)
... The Housekeeper
... Mr. Mack (as George Seigman)
... The Inquisitive One
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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. Written by Anonymous

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16 November 1925 (USA)  »

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This film is based on a real case of prostitution that took place in New Orleans in 1917. See more »

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Then the Woman telling the story is looking at Gabrielle's case file in the opening of the film, the set behind her is clearly a forced-perspective painted backdrop. See more »

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Title Card: Then years of bondage - sorrowful - sordid...
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Edited into Women Who Made the Movies (1992) See more »

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Moving social commentary
11 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film as part of TCM's Women Pioneers in Film series. I have heard a lot about Dorothy Davenport Reid's moral crusade, and was expecting a dry and preachy kind of film. However, the film hardly ever bogs down into preachiness and has enough dramatic momentum to move things along at a good clip. Priscilla Bonner, whom I had only seen in "It", does an excellent job as Gabrielle--we feel sympathy for her plight but she never bogs down in pathos.


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