7.6/10
24
2 user

The American Venus (1926)

Passed | | Comedy | 31 January 1926 (USA)
Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is engaged to sappy Horace Niles, the son of Hugo Niles, the elder Gray's most competitive rival in the cosmetics business. Chip Armstrong, ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Townsend Martin (story), Frederick Stowers (scenario)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Small-town barber Max Haber ( Adolphe Menjou ), is the pride of his father, Johann, who owns an antiquated barbershop. Max adores Kitty Laverne ( Louise Brooks ), the manicurist, who loves ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Louise Brooks, Eleanor Lawson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The tale of two sisters with the older one pledged to look after the younger one that transpires between a department store, NYC's Central Park and a boarding house. THe older one is the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Evelyn Brent, Lawrence Gray, Louise Brooks
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Druggist Elmer Prettywillie is sleeping. A woman rings the night bell only to buy a two-cent stamp. Then garbage collectors waken him. Next it's firemen on a false alarm. And then a real fire.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring
Miss Europe (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lucienne, typist and gorgeous bathing beauty, decides to enter the 'Miss Europe' pageant sponsored by the French newspaper she works for. She finds her jealous lover Andre violently ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina
Stars: Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, Augusto Bandini
Empty Saddles (1936)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Finding a deserted cattle ranch, Buck buys it and turns it into a dude ranch. But Buck is quickly in trouble with sheep men who want the ranch and then with outlaws who kidnap the daughter of the wealthy Mr. Grant.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Buck Jones, Louise Brooks, Harvey Clark
The Show-Off (1926)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Ford Sterling, Claire McDowell, Charles Goodrich
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Wealthy French farmer Lucien D'Artois ( Adolphe Menjou ), is fond of raising horses and married to Germaine ( Virginia Valli ), according to the terms of a marriage contract. When she finds... See full summary »

Director: Luther Reed
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Virginia Valli, Noah Beery
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Jimmy O'Connor and Scotty are a couple of New York City gamblers and sharpies who decide to go straight and, since they are such good friends, split 50-50 "even steven" on anything they get... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Jack Mulhall, Louise Brooks
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Mr. Treadway is disappointed with son Jim ( James Hall ) for not making the boat crew at college while his freshman brother, Ralph ( Richard Arlen ), makes the team and upholds the family ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Rosson
Stars: James Hall, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Esther Ralston ... Mary Gray
Lawrence Gray ... Chip Armstrong
Ford Sterling ... Hugo Niles
Fay Lanphier ... Miss Alabama
Louise Brooks ... Miss Bayport
Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Niles
Kenneth MacKenna ... Horace Niles
William B. Mack ... John Gray
George De Carlton George De Carlton ... Sam Lorber
W.T. Benda W.T. Benda ... Artist
Ernest Torrence ... King Neptune
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Triton
Edit

Storyline

Mary Gray, whose father manufactures cold cream, is engaged to sappy Horace Niles, the son of Hugo Niles, the elder Gray's most competitive rival in the cosmetics business. Chip Armstrong, a hot-shot public relations man, quits the employ of Hugo Niles and goes to work for Gray, persuading Mary to enter the Miss America contest at Atlantic City, with the intention of using her to endorse her father's cold cream should she win. Mary breaks her engagement with Horace. When it appears that she will win the contest, Hugo lures her home on the pretext that her father is ill, and she misses the contest. Chip and Mary return to Atlantic City, discovering that the new Miss America has told the world that she owes all her success to Gray's cold cream. On this note, Chip and Mary decide to get married. Written by Christopher Carr

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...and 75 Atlantic City bathing beauties See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 January 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vénus Americana See more »

Filming Locations:

Ocala, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (three sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the many beauty queens featured in the film are the contestants from the 1925 Miss America pageant, as well as Miss Bay Bridge, Miss Birmingham, Miss Bronx, Miss Newark, Miss San Francisco and Miss Seattle. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
If Only
15 July 2008 | by westeggSee all my reviews

If only this gorgeous looking film can reappear intact. How could it have gone missing? It looks like a high profile enough film in its day, so it's a shame it somehow vanished.

At least we have the two trailers. I've seen one of them.

By the way, that's Ford Sterling, not Gray, in the scene with Brooks.

Many clips from rare films can be found on YouTube, which is a blessing for many of us who always hear about these films but can never find them otherwise.

Many "lost" films may only be in hiding, with perhaps one copy being in someone's collection; I can only hope that in time many longtime missing titles can reappear and be on view again. There's so much missing history from the silent days.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed