Now we are going to have some trivia from one of my favorite silent sleepers. Miss Lulu Bett is a powerful little drama about gender, women’s liberation and the changes in society that rocked the twenties. It’s held together by a sensitive performance from Lois Wilson, considerable blustering from the venerable ham Theodore Roberts and a likable turn from Milton Sills as the schoolteacher who falls for our heroine.
If this sounds a little dull, let me assure you that the film has heart and humor to spare. It’s the story of a young woman who strikes out to make her own happiness and succeeds. Good stuff and it would have been crowd-pleasing Oscar bait if Oscars had been a thing in 1921.
(You can read my review here.)
Availability: Miss Lulu Bett is available on DVD and via streaming as a companion to Why Change Your Wife? William de Mille directed the former, little brother Cecil directed the latter. Both are wonderful in their own way.