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Memory Lane (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1926 (USA)
Mary, on the day of her wedding to Jimmie, finds she has not lost her affection for another sweetheart, Joe. A confrontation arises when Jimmie discovers that Joe has come along on their ... See full summary »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

John M. Stahl (original story), Benjamin Glazer (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Eleanor Boardman ... Mary
Conrad Nagel ... Jimmy Holt
William Haines ... Joe Field
John Steppling ... Mary's Father
Eugenie Forde ... Mary's Mother
Frankie Darro ... Urchin
Dot Farley ... Maid
Joan Standing Joan Standing ... Maid
Kate Price ... Phone Booth Woman
Florence Midgley Florence Midgley
Dale Fuller
Billie Bennett Billie Bennett
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Mary, on the day of her wedding to Jimmie, finds she has not lost her affection for another sweetheart, Joe. A confrontation arises when Jimmie discovers that Joe has come along on their honeymoon. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The boy she loved retraced his steps over Memory Lane to find her and pierce the bubble of her love dream (Print Ad-Andover News ((Andover, NY)) 25 February 1927) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entführung in der Hochzeitsnacht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a Haines vehicle; an outstanding sentimental drama
1 November 2006 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

Many of the William Haines films hew strictly to a comedy-romance formula, reusing the same plot and character. Haines forces his attentions on the girl in the most obnoxious way until she unaccountably falls in love with him, and his star performance in a sport is also so obnoxious the team kicks him out, until, after he's chastened, they take him back for the final game. Haines' lighthearted performance usually makes it more palatable than it sounds, but it's still a strict formula.

MEMORY LANE is not a Haines vehicle, but a simple romantic drama in which he is merely very well cast as one of three equally important players. It has some humorous moments but is not a comedy. Haines comes back to his home town to find that his old sweetheart Boardman is to marry Nagel the following day. In the evening, he calls to her window and she sneaks out to spend her last evening before marriage with him, walking the streets of the small town, passing some boys making harmony in the park were they used to spoon. On the wedding day, he hangs around outside the house where the wedding is taking place, and when the newlyweds come out, he accidentally finds himself driving their car. When Nagel notices and makes a scene, Haines pushes him aside and drives off with the bride in a raging rainstorm. He quickly comes to his senses, but then the car breaks down. In spite of the telephone wires literally lighting up in the small town, Nagel joyfully accepts his bride back with no recriminations, and they have a happy married life together. But several years later, Haines returns, and the decent Nagel invites him to dinner. What happens next is perhaps not unexpected, but is beautifully, subtly played by the three principals. This is a perfectly done sentimental romantic drama, straightforward, honest in its details, filled with small humorous touches, and with fine performances, especially from Boardman.

If you like the art of silent films, this is one to really search out. It's a special film, simple, surefooted, with not a false moment from start to finish.


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