Worst pickup lines of the silent era: Ivor and Mae. Animated GIF


The White Rose was a reunion between Mae Marsh and director D.W. Griffith. The leading man was a British import, Ivor Novello. He plays an embryo minister who seduces and abandons poor Miss Marsh. She has a baby and then collapses in an idyllic northern locale that just happens to house her ex… Whoopy! Getting my Griffith Unwed Mother stories mixed up. She collapses in an idyllic southern locale that just happens to house her ex. Dearie me. What will our minister do? (Hint: Not rescue her from ice floes.)

In any case, this is one of his pickup lines. Presumably, he is asking Miss Marsh’s permission to throw her out of a window. What’s that? Wrong interpretation of the line? Hmmph! Well, you have to admit, it would have made for a more interesting movie.

I really do like Ivor Novello but he does the strangest things with his face sometimes.

(Read my full-length review here.)

Availability: Released on DVD by Alpha. The print quality is pretty bad and the score is cobbled together but it is also incredibly cheap. It can be yours for the price of a mid-range hamburger.

4 Replies to “Worst pickup lines of the silent era: Ivor and Mae. Animated GIF”

  1. Oh my God howling with laughter. My love for you and your writing knows no bounds!!

    And I shouldn’t admit this because I’m supposedly a writer, but I never knew what “defenestration” meant. I knew it was something you wouldn’t want done to you, but never thought about it beyond that. Oh and I just bought the DVD! Amazon says there are only three left (but more on the way). They should pay you a commission…

    Hope this finds you well, Fritzi!! <3

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the movie. It’s actually pretty good for later Griffith, though it certainly has its share of issues. Doing pretty good today!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this–and brilliantly putting these two films together. I am going to suggest these to friends who work with female immigrants who are in abusive situations.

    1. Wow! Thanks so much! “Bliss” is just an astonishing movie. I recommend it highly to anyone. Also, the original novel by O.Z. Livaneli has been translated from Turkish and it available. It takes a more feminist, less romantic view of the central characters. (Livaneli also directed the film adaptation of his book.)
      Note to readers: You can find my double review of “The White Rose” and “Bliss” by clicking on the “read my full-length review” link in the post.

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