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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.

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James Cruze

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Rex Beach (novel), Walter Woods (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Thomas Meighan ... Leslie Hatten
Evelyn Brent ... Rose Henderson
Renée Adorée ... Catharine
Alan Roscoe ... Lon Henderson
Gardner James ... Marvin Swallow
Helen Foster ... Jessie
Luke Cosgrave ... Judge Peebles
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Anderson
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mating Call See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Caddo Company See more »
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Runtime:

(2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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: You great big strong man!
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Soundtracks

The Mating Song
(1928)
Music and Lyrics by Frances Ring and Martin Broones
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Pretty good silent drama
18 January 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Leslie Hatten (Thomas Meighan) goes away to fight WW1. He secretly marries beautiful Rose (Evelyn Brent). He returns 2 years later to find their marriage annulled and she's married to Lon (Alan Roscoe). She still wants to sleep with Leslie but he refuses her. However Lon thinks she IS sleeping with him and is a member of The Order--a Ku Klux Klan-like organization who punish everyone they think isn't "moral" enough.

There's more but that's the gist. Fast-moving, pretty racy (Brent flashes some nudity), well-acted and directed drama. It brings up multiple themes--WW1, marriage, adultery, suicide, murder, secret organizations punishing people--and mixes them all up and throws them at the viewer in an entertaining way. This doesn't seem to be making any sort of statement (although it does strongly suggest that The Order is wrong) but just gives the viewer a fast-paced entertaining drama. This was thought to be lost for many years but was discovered and lovingly restored. We should all be happy for that. I give it a 7.


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