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The Safety Curtain (1918)

Puck is a music hall dancer, married to an abusive husband. One night the music hall catches fire. Puck is rescued by an army officer and her husband perishes. Puck marries the officer and ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Franklin (as Sidney A. Franklin)

Writers:

Ethel M. Dell (story), Sidney Franklin (scenario) (as Sidney A. Franklin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Norma Talmadge ... Puck
Eugene O'Brien ... Captain Merryon
Anders Randolf ... Vulcan (as Anders Randolph)
Gladden James ... Sylvester
Lillian Hall Lillian Hall ... Ballet Girl
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Puck is a music hall dancer, married to an abusive husband. One night the music hall catches fire. Puck is rescued by an army officer and her husband perishes. Puck marries the officer and they begin a new life in India, until a man from her past finds her and makes demands. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les hirondelles See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Norma Talmadge as a Dainty Dancer
23 August 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

THE SAFETY CURTAIN (1918) stars Norma Talmadge as Puck, a "dainty dancer" married to a brutish strong man (Anders Randolph) who starts a fire in a theater during which the safety curtain drops, containing the fire. Talmadge is rescued by a visiting military man (Eugene O'Brien), who falls in love with her and takes her away to India. Of course she thinks the husband is dead after reading an article in the newspaper listing the victims (which includes her). She goes off and lives a happy live in India until a gossipy guy she new in the States (Gladden James) recognizes her at a social function. And who should show up next?

Talmadge and O'Brien are quite good in this neat little film, which has a surprisingly intricate plot for a 60-minute film. The intertitles are very talkie and the florid script used is sometimes hard to read. Talmadge and O'Brien starred in 11 films together between 1917 and 1925.


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