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The Mating Call (1928)

Approved | | Drama | 21 July 1928 (USA)
A WWI vet takes on the KKK when he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman.

Director:

James Cruze

Writers:

Rex Beach (novel), Walter Woods (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Thomas Meighan ... Leslie Hatten
Evelyn Brent ... Rose Henderson
Renée Adorée ... Catharine Hatten
Alan Roscoe ... Lon Henderson
Gardner James ... Marvin Swallow
Helen Foster ... Jessie Peebles
Luke Cosgrave ... Judge Peebles
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Captain Anderson
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Farmer turned WWI hero Leslie returns home hoping to reunite with his wife Rose, but it turns out her parents had the unconsummated marriage annulled so she could wed the rich Lon Henderson. Rose throws herself at Leslie, itching for an affair due to her husband's penchant for infidelity, but he spurns her, marrying a young French immigrant named Catherine to get her off his back. When one of Lon's lovers commits suicide after he has cast her aside, he pins it all on Les and has his KKK-inspired group take action against him... Written by cupcakes

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Taglines:

It's the call of life! the call of love! (Print Ad- Meriden Daily Journal, ((Meriden, Conn.)) 25 August 1928)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Long thought to be lost, a print was discovered in the Howard Hughes collection at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place immediately after World War I (1918-1919), all of Evelyn Brent's and Helen Foster's clothes are strictly in the 1928 short skirt mode, completely out of place in the time frame of the story. See more »

Quotes

Rose Henderson: Can't I smoke a last cigarette with you?
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Alternate Versions

In 2004, the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Flicker Alley, LLC copyrighted a digitally restored version with a new orchestral score composed, arranged and conducted by Robert Israel. It was produced by Jeffery Masino and runs 72 minutes. See more »

Connections

References The Sky Rider (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mating Song
(1928)
Music and Lyrics by Frances Ring and Martin Broones
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Sex, lies, and the Order
15 December 2004 | by stpetebeachSee all my reviews

THE MATING CALL was shown on TCM on Dec. 15, 2004, marking its apparent first screening since 1928. The silent film is something of a morality play, complete with a returning soldier who has lost his wife (to an adulterer); a morals police force, the Order, in dark cloth hoods (except for the leader, who wears satin); one woman drenched by a bucket of water and another caught skinny-dipping; and some provocative eyebrow acting. Evelyn Brent radiates sex as Rose, while Thomas Meighan seems mostly confused as the farmer who needs a replacement woman -- and goes to Ellis Island to get one! THE MATING CALL, directed by James Cruze (I COVER THE WATERFRONT), ably entertains while carrying a rather more serious theme on hypocrisy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1928 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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The Caddo Company See more »
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Runtime:

(2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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