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Red Hair (1928)

This girl with red hair finds true love in a drug king pin. She fell in love with his money, but he blows it all on beer and pizza.


Clarence G. Badger


Elinor Glyn (novel), Lloyd Corrigan (adaptation) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Clara Bow ... Bubbles McCoy
Lane Chandler ... Robert Lennon
William Austin ... Dr. Eustace Gill
Jacqueline Gadsdon ... Minnie Luther (as Jacqueline Gadsden)
Lawrence Grant ... Judge Rufus Lennon
Claude King ... Thomas L. Burke
William Irving ... Demmy


This girl with red hair finds true love in a drug king pin. She fell in love with his money, but he blows it all on beer and pizza.

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gold digger | manicurist | See All (2) »


Boy! Does she step-and how! The girl who has "it" and a red hair personality leading a host of admirers around by their coat tails, and they like it!- Speed? -The throttle's wide open!-You just can't miss this one! (Print Ad-Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 26 March 1928) See more »




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Because of a shooting delay caused by a plot necessity involving Clara Bow diving from a boat off Catalina Island, production was halted which increased costs. Bow was menstruating at the time and medical requirements of the era would not a!low her into the water. Weird as it seems, from that point on, it became a production requirement for all producers to track their female stars monthly cycles. See more »


Featured in Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films (2011) See more »

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Elinor and Clara Do It Again
13 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Red-headed manicurist Clara Bow (as "Bubbles" McCoy) enjoys the company of older men for their gifts, and then gets lucky when attractive young Lane Chandler (as Robert Lennon) reveals his possessions are greater. "Red Hair" featured Ms. Bow at the peak of her popularity - she was the #1 box office star for 1928, according to the industry standard's "Quigley Publications" poll. After the success of "It" (1927), Paramount wisely found another story to adapt, from original novelist Elinor Glyn; she wisely forgot about promoting previous young women as having "It", after Bow arrived on the movie screen...

No full print of the popular "Red Hair" is presently available, but small fragments seem to keep turning up. Seen together, they suggest an average Bow vehicle. The film was once thought completely lost, and these bits and pieces suggest more is possible. The original contained some color footage of Bow's red hair. A color clip of Bow in "Red Hair" has turned up, though it looks (to me) like this may be an outtake or camera test. Additional fragments include the scene where Bow suns herself on a raft and the notable "lily pond" scene, where she seems to be in her altogether - except for a lily-pad on her head.

***** Red Hair (3/10/28) Clarence Badger ~ Clara Bow, Lane Chandler, William Austin, Lawrence Grant

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Release Date:

10 March 1928 (USA) See more »

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Red Hair See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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