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Mantrap (1926)

Passed | | Comedy | 24 July 1926 (USA)
A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman husband in a small Canadian town finds herself attracted to a young, rich and famous divorce lawyer who comes to town on vacation.

Director:

Victor Fleming

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Sinclair Lewis (from the 'Collier's Weekly' serial and the novel by), Adelaide Heilbron (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ernest Torrence ... Joe Easter
Clara Bow ... Alverna
Percy Marmont ... Ralph Prescott
Eugene Pallette ... E. Wesson Woodbury
Tom Kennedy ... Curly Evans
Josephine Crowell ... Mrs. McGavity
William Orlamond ... Mr. McGavity
Charles Stevens ... Lawrence Jackfish
Miss DuPont ... Mrs. Barker
Charlotte Bird Charlotte Bird ... Stenographer
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A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman husband in a small Canadian town finds herself attracted to a young, rich and famous divorce lawyer who comes to town on vacation.

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Comedy

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Provocadora See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Production began on April 7, 1926, two days after Clara Bow's third Paramount film, The Runaway (1926), was released. See more »

Goofs

In the montage of Joe's trip from Mantrap in Canada to Minneapolis, palm trees can be seen behind some of the houses. See more »

Quotes

Joe Easter: Well, that sort of upsets my plans. I'd figured on sendin' her to my aunt in Minneapolis...
Alverna: Minneapple sauce!
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"Ankles ain't half of what they're showing"
6 December 2011 | by Steffi_PSee all my reviews

Of all those long-gone silent movie stars, Clara Bow is one of the few whose name is widely remembered. She is seen as epitomising the Jazz-age floozy; fun-loving and promiscuous in that brief period when these things weren't frowned upon in the movies. Actually Bow played a lot of relatively tame leading lady roles as well – it was her offscreen antics that garnered her reputation. But once in a while she played a role that lived up to the stereotype, as in the bluntly-titled Mantrap.

Mantrap shows Clara at her most lively, playing her effortless flirtatiousness to the hilt. As this is also a comedy she gets to exaggerate a little, proving to be very good at this – humorous, but not overly theatrical. Playing opposite her is the Ernest Torrence, who because of his size and looks was generally cast as villains. He does well against type here though, showing a kind of awkward sensitivity towards Bow. Also to be seen here is Eugene Palette, his tubby sidekick persona just beginning to emerge (although it wouldn't really solidify until the coming of sound added his voice to the mix).

The director was Victor Fleming, one of many action-loving young men working in Hollywood at the time. For Fleming, the image really has to keep moving, and he makes the action snappy with lots of tracking shots and pans round the room. Often this attention-grabbing style is very much functional. For example, he gives Percy Marmont ("Ralph") a very memorable introduction with his face suddenly revealed. This is necessary because he then disappears from the narrative for a while, only to re-emerge as a main character. He saves an absolutely brilliant entrance for Bow herself, having her appear from behind a curtain in the background and, as if incidentally, has her saunter forward until she is in close-up.

Despite what the title implies, Mantrap is a rather playful affair that shows the men in Clara's life as becoming exasperated rather than ensnared by her. It's remarkably even-handed though, and she gets to assert her independence in style. If you want to see the real vision of a 1920s femme fatale, you have to look at the dubiously moral pictures of Cecil B. DeMille. But coming at it from this different angle, Mantrap is more in the way of good-natured fun.


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